Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
The BQA program, as a part of ongoing efforts to reach a broader audience of beef producer, is supporting a multispecies youth quality assurance training platform: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The checkoff-funded BQA program was involved in creating the training curriculum and content during the development phase, and now supports the program through its online and in-person training components.
The curriculum is designed for youth ages 8 to 21 who raise livestock. Key quality assurance standards and guidelines are touched on through interactive online training activities and in-person, hands-on trainings. Fairs and shows across the country are expressing support for the platform as they find many of their youth exhibitors showing animals across multiple species.