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.

2024 YQCA Instructor-Led Trainings

March 24th training is cancelled due to winter storm warning. It has been rescheduled for April 14th. More information coming soon.

March 6, 2024, 6:00pm, Marten Center, Mondovi

March 20, 2024, 6:00pm, C-FC School, Cochrane

April 14, 2024, 4:00pm, Buffalo County Courthouse, Alma

Pre-registration is required for all instructor-led YQCA trainings. Register online one week prior to the training. IMPORTANT: The course pre-test on the “Enrolled Trainings” page, must be complete before attending the training. Following the training, log back in to take post-course survey and access certificate on “Course Certifications” page.

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

  • Online Training – Login to view the Help Video or Help Document Web-Based Training and follow the step by step instructions.
  • Instructor-Led Training Registration – Login to view the Help Video or Help Document Instructor-Led Training and follow the step by step instructions. IMPORTANT: Select course title for the training that corresponds with the location of the training you plan to attend.

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