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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a new national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program. It is an annual training open to youth 8-21 years of age and focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and life skill development. For further details, please contact your local extension office or visit the program website, www.yqca.org.  To register for training, go to www.yqca.org. Kansas 4-H members may use their family 4HOnline credentials to login and register for the appropriate training.


As of June 1, 2018, the Youth PQA Plus program will retire and transition to YQCA.  The National Pork Board will honor Youth PQA Plus certifications until they expire, but new certifications will no longer be issued. Youth are encouraged to use YQCA if they need livestock quality assurance training.


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Lexie Hayes
Animal Sciences and Industry
Kansas State University
214 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
Phone: 785-532-1264
Fax: 785-532-7059