Program Contact: Randy Williams, Lincoln-Adams 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 725-4171 • email@example.com
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
Attention 4-H Leaders of Youth 4-H members that plan to exhibit ANY Market Animal (beef, hogs, lambs, meat goats, poultry and/or rabbits) at the 2021 Wheat Land Communities” Fair, Grant County Fair and the Othello Community Fair. Again this year, the Fair Livestock Committees have mandated that all 4-H members must be current with their YQCA Certification.
ATTENTION: YQCA Instructor Led Training
Because of the ongoing Public Health Crisis and the restriction of face-to-face meetings, YQCA instruction will be offered by taking the Online course only. There will be no In-Person Instructor-Led Training for 2021. Follow the online training at the link below.
If you have questions on how to register, contact Randy Williams, Lincoln-Adams 4-H Program Coordinator, at 509-869-1818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YQCA is also available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States.
CLICK HERE For “How to register for instructor led YQCA Training”
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.
YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification. YQCA is a multi-species program that covers small and large food producing animals (pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry).
*Currently YQCA is not required at Jr Livestock Show or Spokane County Fair. But neighboring 4-H Counties like Whitman, Adams, Benton Franklin are requiring this program.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: Food Safety, Animal Well-being and Character Development.
YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification. To date, all 4-H Meat Animal Exhibitors attending the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair, Grant County Fair and Othello Community Fair must meet YQCA Certification standards. To participate in the YQCA online program go to http://yqca.org.
YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:
YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA is also offered as an instructor led training and as a test out certification. Contact the entity requiring your YQCA certification to see which is available in your state or contact email@example.com. Learn more about each type of training here.
YQCA provides educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basic.
For more information, visit the Goals of YQCA page.
If you have additional questions, contact Randy Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org; 509-869-1818, Paul Kuber at email@example.com , or Sarah Smith at the WSU Grant-Adams Extension office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-754-2011 ext. 4313.
Market Livestock Affidavit & Health Records
If you are raising a Market Beef, Sheep, Swine, or Goat you are required to complete a Market Health Form (Quality Assurance) for that animal and turn it in when you arrive at Fair. You should take your Market Health Form with you when you PURCHASE your animal so you can get the animal I.D. information from the producer. The forms are a means of tracking any medication or medicated feeds fed to market animals and the withdrawal dates for the medication or food. Keep and update as needed till fair time.
If You Have a Question:
- About your 4-H project or policy – ask your leader or refer to the
WA State 4-H Policy and Procedures
- About the health of your animal – ask your veterinarian
- About Fair entry/animal management requirements- contact the specific Fair. (Fairs/sales may have livestock management period requirements longer than the minimum required in the WA State 4-H Policy)
Market Livestock Health Issues
- Housing Environments
- Animal Diesease Screening Tools
- Biosecurity including Swine PED, Livestock Exhibitor Checklist, Fair Signs & more
- Quality Assurance
- Disease Prevention
For those with no or slow internet access, Lincoln-Adams volunteers can contact Karen or call 659-3209 or 725-4171 to make arrangements to view.
The WSU Veterinary Medicine Extension site is a good place to visit for up to date information related to ag. animal health.
*This page provides links to external sites for the convenience of users. These external sites are not managed by the WSU Extension. Furthermore, WSU Extension does not review, control or take responsibility for the content of these sites, nor do these sites implicitly or explicitly represent official positions and policies of WSU Extension. Reference to commercial services, non-4-H activities, products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by WSU Extension or 4-H is implied.
Extension is for Everyone
Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race; sex/gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental, or sensory disability, including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal; marital status, genetic information, and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military. Report concerns to oeo.wsu.edu, 509-335-8288, or your local Extension office. Requests for special accommodations at Lincoln-Adams Extension Events can be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 509-659-3209 or 509-725-4171.