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Program Contact: Randy Williams, Lincoln-Adams 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 725-4171  •


YQCA - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals - Logo

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

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.

YQCA - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals - Logo

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

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

*Beef Cattle
*Dairy Cattle
*Market Rabbits

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  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,; 509-869-1818, Paul Kuber at , or Sarah Smith at the WSU Grant-Adams Extension office at 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.

Market Livestock Health Forms

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

Visit the WSU Vet Med 4-H Livestock Training Page for

  • 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.

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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, 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.


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Randy Williams

Randy Williams

Lincoln-Adams Co.
4-H Program Coordinator

My name is Randy Williams and I became the Lincoln/Adams 4-H Program Coordinator in November, 2015.

I am originally from the Reardan/Davenport area where I was raised on a wheat and cattle operation. I graduated high school from Reardan and received my Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Education and Masters Degree in Animal Science from WSU where I conducted meat animal research, taught the Advanced Livestock Selection course and coached the Collegiate Livestock Judging team. My teaching career has spanned over 34 years at Ephrata, Mead and Medical Lake High Schools. I served as Ag teacher and FFA Advisor and am honored to have positively influenced the lives of thousands of kids during my professional career. I also have and continue to serve as Beef Cattle Judge at many county and regional shows across the northwest and California.

My 4-H Program Coordinator responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight and leadership.
  • Manage the 90+ volunteer leaders for the 12+ 4-H clubs and over 230 members with a focus on Animal Science.
  • Develop, promote and facilitate 4-H youth development education programs such as clinics, shows and competitions.

I am excited and look forward to the opportunity to serve YOU!
Randy Williams
 Phone 509-725-4171

Dr. Paul Kuber

Dr. Paul Kuber

NE Washington Regional
Livestock Extension Specialist

Dr. Paul Kuber has been the WSU NE Washington Regional Livestock Extension Specialist since February 1, 2015. Paul serves a multi-county region across northeastern Washington and is headquartered at the Lincoln County WSU Extension Office in Davenport.

Paul comes to us from Ohio State University where he has held teaching, research, and extension appointments since 2004. Prior to that time he was on the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Faculty at the University of Idaho. Paul completed his PhD in Animal Sciences at WSU in 2001, MS in Animal Science at the University of Nebraska, and BS in Animal Science Cal State Fresno.
WSU Extension Davenport Office:
509-725 4171 Tues – Thursday
WSU Extension Spokane Office:
Lauren Hrncirik, M.S. continues in her role as the 4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist for the Grant-Adams Lincoln Area and Karen Robertson continues in her WSU Extension Program Support Role, assisting Lincoln-(East) Adams WSU faculty, volunteers, and the 4-H program.