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Youth for the Quality Care for Animals


What is the importance of YQCA?

Dr. Travis W. Hoffman, Extension Sheep Specialist, puts this question into perspective for our North Dakota 4-H’ers:

“The YQCA program is based on integrity and thoughtful, responsible management of animals. As North Dakota 4-H’ers we hold a responsibility to ensure production of safe high-quality meat from raising market animals for consumers. It is important to be thoughtful in our actions because as livestock producers we need to create trust with our consumers. Agriculture has provided a “social license” to produce food. We should honor that right, and strive to ethically and responsibly produce animals in North Dakota 4-H. The YQCA program helps us meet these goals and strive for continuous improvement emphasizing animal well-being and a safe food supply.”

YQCA truly is an exciting opportunity to help educate our young people in North Dakota on the importance of food safety and proper animal care as they work with their project animals diligently preparing them for their county fairs, achievement days and the North Dakota State Fair. Skills learned and developed through the YQCA modules on an annual basis will better prepare our young people for future roles in agriculture as producers, in addition to gaining valuable life skills for any future career. The YQCA program also advocates for “character,” a key element to the six pillars of being a 4-H’er. Most importantly, YQCA is essential in providing an avenue to foster the importance of our 4-H’ers role as they work with their animals in providing safe products to consumers.

Check out the ND 4-H Youth for the Quality Care of Animals page for more information. 


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