Quality Assurance (QA) 

2021 County QA Dates 

Must pre-register contact Extension Office

March 8, 2021   6-7:30 pm @ Mahan
March 22, 2021   6-7:30 pm @ Mahan
April 6, 2021  6-7:30 pm @ Mahan
April 20, 2021  6-7:30 pm @ Mahan
May 10, 2021  6-7:30 pm @ Mahan
May 17, 2021  6-7:30 pm @ Mahan
All Youth, 12 and Up who completed YQCA after October 1, 2020 will have their 2021 QA certification completed. FFA members (8th grade included) gets certification through class. 

QA must be completed 45 days prior to County Fair/Exhibition - June 4, 2021


Assuring Quality Care for Animals 

This program teaches 4-H youth how to use best practices that support the production of quality and safe animal products for consumers, as well as responsible animal handling, care and welfare in not only farm animal production, but also with companion and performance animals.

Good Production Practices

Youth Quality Assurance 

Quality assurance is a pledge or promise to 1) provide a food animal product preferred by consumers, and 2) provide a safe, wholesome food animal product. Food animals are those whose products (meat, milk, and eggs) have the potential to become part of the food chain.

Q: Who needs to attend QA Training?

A: Exhibitors of Market Projects: Steers, Hogs, Lambs, Goats, Rabbits, Poultry (Market Chickens), Dairy Cattle and Dairy Goats must attend Quality Assurance training annually in order to show, exhibit and/or sell their animal at the county or state fair.

Q:  Do all members of my club need to attend the same date?

A:  No.

Q:  What are the options if a member isn’t able to attend any of the Fayette County date?

A:  Members also have over a dozen other opportunities to meet this training requirement by attending a QA program held in another county or other event. Verify a QA counts for credit with the Extension office.

Q:  What is the final due date of QA Training completion?

A:  All QA training MUST be completed, and proof of attendance submitted 45 days prior to the Fayette County Fair. Verify with the 4-H Calendar for date annually.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This certification is accepted in Ohio for QA certification for any youth age 12-18 yrs. Old. This certification is often required at National shows to be eligible to exhibit. Log in using your 4-H Online login credentials for easier tracking of certification.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21. The program is designed to provide a minimum 60 minutes of education each year. There are three ways to earn YQCA certification.  Three ways to earn YQCA certification – web-based training, instructor-led training, or test-out.  Learn more about how to get your YQCA certification here.

YQCA is the result of a collaborative effort between states that have previously offered multi-species youth livestock quality assurance programs, the National Pork Board’s Youth PQA Plus program and representatives from other national livestock groups.

 Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) 

YQCA Instructions

YQCA Family memo

Good news from YQCA.  They are offering online trainings for $9 during the month of April!

A few key points:

  • Coupons must be purchased to take advantage of this sale
  • Coupons MUST be put towards a web-based training in the month of April.
    • I.e. Coupons cannot be purchased in April and then used in May or at a later date.