Please see the message below, sent from our Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, Bernadette (Bernie) O’Rourke, on the transition from MAQA to the new program Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA).
4-H Program Assistant
All, (Exhibitors, Parents & Guardians, UW Extension, Agri-Science Teachers, Fair boards, County Animal Committee, etc..)
Our youth livestock producers raise thousands of animals each year that contribute to the food supply. It’s imperative that young people be well-educated on how to produce a safe, wholesome product through the proper care and welfare of animals.
Starting in late 2017, Wisconsin 4-H, FFA and youth showing animals will have access to a new online training tool that caters to their learning level by age and types of animal care. The program, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), was developed by national livestock industry professionals, extension specialists as well as national livestock show managers. The result is an accurate, current and relevant experience that meets the needs of the animal industry, exhibitions and youth. YQCA also adds dairy, poultry and rabbits to the beef, sheep, goats and swine education previously covered here in Wisconsin. Face-to-face, trainer-led programs will also be available.
The YQCA state committee will be holding an informational session on this new program on Thursday, September 14th at 7 p.m. through a YouTube livestream at https://youtu.be/aYLVkhg_Hwk. Please provide any questions that you might have on this new program before noon on September 13via this form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeigWiVEkCJKAeYZ9FbxuSmyRgGpQqNBa1ALZA2uG-keqBd9Q/viewform?usp=sf_link. We will try and work them into the program. This livestream will be recorded if you are unable to attend. It will be available on the Wisconsin Youth Livestock YouTube channel for reviewing at your leisure.
You can keep up with Wisconsin’s preparation for YQCA by going to fyi.uwex.edu/youthlivestock or by following the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program Facebook page. Bernie O’Rourke can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,
Bernadette (Bernie) O’Rourke
Extension Youth Livestock Specialist
Animal Science Recruitment