Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program designed as an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being and character awareness for youth ages 8 to 21 producing and/or showing pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, and poultry.

According to the Buffalo County Fair in affiliation with Pepin County Junior Fair Rules: All Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Poultry & Rabbit exhibitors must complete the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training each year to be eligible to exhibit their animal(s) at the Buffalo County Fair. Must be complete by July 1st.

YQCA Training Options

  1. Online curriculum – a youth exhibitor will annually complete three interactive online modules and corresponding quizzes
  2. Instructor-Led – In-person training (must register online one week prior to the training)
  3. Online Exam – upon passing an online exam, the youth exhibitor can achieve more than 1 year of certification

YQCA Training Cost

  • $12/person/year for the online modules
  • $3/person/year for the Instructor-Led trainings

Access YQCA Trainings

    Upon completion of the online training, please submit the proof of completion certificate to the Extension office.

    If you experience issues with the system, with your certification or any technical difficulties, please contact help@yqcaprogram.org

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