The YQCA is a new livestock quality assurance program that is replacing PQA, which no longer exists. ALL4-H exhibitors of dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats will be required to certify in the YQCA program each year starting for the 2020 show season.
You will need to attend either a face to face class or certify online via the website http://yqca.org.
The YQCA program is for youth ages 8-21. The online version is broken into age divisions as follows: juniors 8-11, intermediate 12-14, senior 15-18, and young adults 19-21.This certification is needed each year with test out options of 1-3 years.Youth exhibiting swine at the Illinois State Fair and 4-H shows are no longer required to be PQA plus certified.
The estimated cost for the face-to-face training is $3 and $12 for the online version.
The trainings should take about an hour and a half, and will be taught by local 4-H staff. Youth from neighboring counties are invited, too. Be sure to register (with your 4-H Online credentials) through http://yqca.org for your desired training date.