Starting fall of 2017, Wisconsin will replace the MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) program with the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) national program. This new and interactive program provides youth a number of options for an annual quality assurance certification. YQCA was created for youth in the Beef, Dairy, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, and Swine projects. This new program gives families more flexibility in acquiring this much needed information which trains youth in improving the care of food animals and promoting a higher level of consumer food safety. The livestock industry and businesses are constantly striving for high quality, wholesome products; therefore, youth in food animal projects should assist in this effort.
All Youth who are in the Beef, Swine, Sheep, Poultry, Goats, Dairy and Rabbit Projects must take this training to exhibit animals in these departments at the Lincoln County Fair. Below is a flyer with information about the training options being offered in Langlade and Lincoln Counties along with information about an online option.
Please go to https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login in order to register for either online or instructor led courses. If you are a 4-H member, please log in through the 4-H Online system on the left. If you are an FFA member or other organization affiliate, please sign in through the independent system on the right. You will create an account followed by either completing a sign up for an instructor led meeting or online/web based modules. Upon signing up for a course, you will then pay for that course with a credit card. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any assistance you need in creating or signing up in the YQCA system.
Of reminder, Wisconsin State Fair and other national exhibitions will require certification in YQCA for participation for 2018 events and beyond. Wisconsin State Fair will be in contact sometime in January.
Continue to monitor the Wisconsin YQCA website for helpful information: https://fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock/yqca/ and the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.