Starting in the fall of 2017, Wisconsin has replaced the MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) program with the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) national program. This new and interactive program provides youth with different options for an annual quality assurance certification. YQCA was created for youth in the Beef, Dairy, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep, and Swine projects.
This program will allow youth to learn about other species of animals, not just the species they show; and allows for the consistency of information being taught to youth in all states.
YQCA gives families more flexibility in gaining this required certification as it is offered through an online curriculum where youth exhibitors will complete three interactive online modules and the corresponding quizzes. The certification may still be completed in a trainer led program. Rock County will offer one training this year.
The cost is $12 per person a year for the online modules that are different each year, and $3 per person for the face to face training.
Please see the fact sheet for more information: YQCA Fact Sheet.