Youth Livestock Quality Assurance
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 open to youth 8-21 years of age and focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and character development. For further details, please contact your local extension office or visit the program website, yqcaprogram.org. To register for training, create a user account here. The YQCA program transitioned to a new platform in March of 2022, so it is no longer affiliated with 4HOnline. Families who completed their training prior to the transition last spring will need to navigate to the new website and create a new user account.
As of June 1, 2018, the Youth PQA Plus program has been discontinued. The National Pork Board will honor certifications until they expire, but new certifications will no longer be issued. Youth are encouraged to use YQCA if they need quality assurance training.
Instructor-led Certification Instructions (face-to-face class)
Test Out Certification Instructions (only available for youth 12 and 15 years of age on Jan. 1)
State Show Requirement Information
Other Quality Assurance Resources
Example Letter for Tyson (Cattle)
Form for Tyson (Cattle)
Use of New Swine Castration Method (Improvest)
Kansas State Fair: accepts the use of Improvest
Kansas Junior Livestock Show: barrows must be physical castrates. (more information (pdf))