In Fall 2017, Wisconsin replaced the MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) program with the Youth for the Quality of Animals (YQCA) national program, a youth education certification program on the issues of animal welfare, food safety, and character education.
YQCA will provide a common framework for food animal quality assurance programs which will:
- Strengthen the youth educational experience,
- Improve the care of food animals, and
- Promote a higher level of consumer food safety.
This program will allow youth to learn about other species of animals; not just the species they show. This program allows for the consistency of information being taught to youth in all states and in all species of animals.
Why quality assurance education?
- The livestock industry and business are constantly striving for high quality, wholesome products.
- All species organization have quality assurance programs.
- Consumers are more interested in how and where their food is produced.
- United States exports a lot of pork and beef. If there is a poor experience, that market is lost and it affects the whole industry.
At the February 25, 2018 Meat Animal Auction Committee Meeting, members voted that all Crawford County Meat Animal Exhibitors must take the Instructor led training to be eligible to sell in the county fair auction. Also note that the YQCA program does not have a test out option like the MAQA program offered.
For 2021, this certification will be required of:
- All Crawford County Meat Animal exhibitors, (planning to sell in the auction), must take the Instructor Led Training. This includes exhibitors in Beef, Swine, Sheep, Meat Goats & Meat Rabbits.
- Classes are being held:
- Classes are completed this for this year, any questions contact the Extension office at 608-326-0224.
- Classes are being held:
- Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Exhibitors – can take the online training.
$3.00 per person, per year for the face to face training. (Please note these fees are not collected locally and we have no control over the format or cost of the program. Costs are pad online via credit card).
Steps for Getting Your YQCA Certification:
Create an account-go to: https://yqca.learngrow.io
- 4-H Exhibitors-please sign in using the 4-H Online option. This will save you from reentering all of your contact info.
- FFA exhibitors-please sign in using the “Independent Sign in” option.
Select a course: Select the state, and then select either a Web-Based or Instructor-led (required in Crawford County for Meat Animal Auction) ($3) Training. Must pay online for the course. Keep a copy of your receipt/confirmation.
Submitting the Certificate of Completion: Once the training is complete, return to the course menu screen to download a PDF of the Certificate of Completion with the youth’s unique certificate number.