A new option for Youth Livestock Education

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. View the list here, but always check the entry requirements of each show for complete details.

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

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 info@yqca.org. Learn more about each type of training here.

YQCA provides educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit the Goals of YQCA page.