The Fond du Lac Market Livestock Committee feels education is a very important component with a 4-H or FFA Livestock Project.
- To qualify for the Market Livestock Sale, participants are required to complete eight (8) educational credits. There will be no educational requirement for youth who graduated from high school the previous year besides YQCA, formerly known as MAQA.
- Each exhibitor, including those showing their last year, must be Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certified.
- The calendar year for completing eight (8) credits begins the Monday following the previous fair and ends on Friday preceding the current year’s fair. To keep track of meeting credit, please visit “Attendance Record”.
- All approved events will be posted on the Fond du Lac County Meat Animal Project Website at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/fdlmeat/calendar-of-events/.
- Events not listed on the Meat Animal Project Website must be first pre-approved by the Market Livestock Sale Committee. It is up to the exhibitor to provide documentation (agenda, brochure, etc.) regarding the event for approval. A livestock project activity form must be signed by the event coordinator and submitted to UW-Extension for credit. Criteria used for points determination are:
- 1 point-livestock (beef, sheep, swine, meat goat) related online webinars (except for YQCA which counts for 2 points)
- 2 points-Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)
- 2 points-meetings 1 to 2 hours in length, exhibit at any show
- 3 points-meetings ½ day in length (3 plus hours)
- 4 points-judging teams and quiz bowl teams (accounting for practices & contest), meetings 1 day in length (6-8 hours)
- 6 points-meetings 2 or more days in length
- 1 point-any educational meeting in conjunction with a show, sale or livestock event (i.e. World Beef Expo, World Pork Expo, etc.)
- 4 points-high school or college meat animal-related class
- 2 points-livestock related presentation (i.e. Day on Farm, Civic Groups, etc.)
The attendance record allows individuals to keep track of their individual attendance record throughout the year. The record is generally updated 10 – 14 days after events, or as time permits.
- MLP Educational Requirements Attendance List 2022 – updated July 14 @3:45 pm
- NEW! Out-of-County Educational Activity Google Form
- Printable Out-of-County Educational Activity Form
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (formerly known as Meat Animal Quality Assurance)
YQCA is designed as an annual education and certification program focused on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth ages 8 to 21 producing and/or showing pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, market rabbits, and poultry. The program has been designed by extension specialists and national livestock program managers to ensure it is accurate, current, and relevant to the needs of the animal industry and shows and is appropriate for youth.
YQCA is a requirement to be eligible to sell at the Fond du Lac County Fair Market Livestock Sale and to show at the Wisconsin State Fair Jr. Animal Shows (Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, Goat, Poultry, Rabbit). Youth have the option to do face-to-face training at any one of the YQCA offerings across the state or to do the online training.
- Ensure the safety and well-being of animals produced by youth for showing and for 4-H and FFA projects
- Ensure a safe food supply to consumers
- Enhance the future of the livestock industry by educating youth on these very important issues so they can become more informed producers, consumers and/or employees in the agriculture and food industry
- Maximize the limited development time and budgets of state and national youth program leaders to provide an effective quality assurance program
- Offer livestock shows a valid, national quality assurance certification for youth livestock exhibitors
YQCA is mandatory for all youth selling beef, sheep, swine, and goats at the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Sale.
Fees: The program is designed to provide an estimated 60 minutes of education each year. The online program requires the passing of a series of three quizzes to earn certification. An in-person YQCA workshop requires complete attendance.
There is a fee for the program this year and must be paid directly to YQCA at the time of registration via credit card. The fee is $3 per person for face-to-face training. For those wishing to do the online training at any time or anyplace, there is a $12 fee. None of the fees comes back to Fond du Lac County. One hundred percent of the fee is used by YQCA to develop curriculum and web-based resources.