YQCA (Youth Quality Care for Animals

Contact Information

Karrie King County Director

Karrie King

County Director



In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities. With over 15,000 Iowa 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects, about 17 million pounds of meat is produced each year.

The goal of this program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible.

YQCA (Youth Quality Care for Animals)

YQCA Course/Test Required to exhibit at County Fair!

4-H members and FFA students (FFA students please check with your advisor) need to be aware that the course/test must be completed by July 1, 2024, if you plan to enter livestock at the Iowa State Fair and be eligible to exhibit at the Woodbury County Fair as well as other fairs/events that require YQCA. KEEP A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE IN A HANDY LOCATION!

YQCA is required for 4-H members who plan to exhibit livestock at the county, state and other events that require youth to have YQCA. 4-H members who have the following livestock and/or animals include: beef (market, breeding, cow-calf and feeder calves), sheep, swine, goats (dairy & meat), dairy cattle, rabbit and poultry. YQCA is for Iowa 4-H members in 4th - 12th grades. Remember that YQCA goes by the age on January 1. YQCA is done every year a 4-H member plans to exhibit animals in 4-H. 4-H members can also test out if they are 12 years old or 15 years old. 

The website is: http://www.yqcaprogram.org/ .

The Iowa Age Brackets as of January 1, 2024, are:
Juniors: 8 - 11 years old (4-H Clover Kids are not included and do not need to do YQCA.)
Intermediates: 12 - 14 years old
Seniors: 15 - 18 years old
Young Adults: 19 - 21 years old
Please note: YQCA goes by AGE and not GRADE in school.

Payment:  The cost for 4-H members taking the course/test is $12. 4-H members who are 12 or 15 years old as of January 1, 2024, can test out; and that cost is $36. Parents will need to have their credit card handy and pay that fee online.

When you have completed the course, please send your YQCA certificate to the Extension Office. You can email to Karrie King at karriek@iastate.edu

Make sure you make a copy of the certificate and keep in a safe place that you can find.