LIVESTOCK EXHIBITOR - YQCA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
New As Of 2019
All youth livestock program participants are now required to obtain annual certification from the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program. This requirement is mandated by the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) and the Division of Fairs & Expositions (F&E).
Certification can be obtained through online training or at an approved instructor led training. The YQCA certification is good for one year and only needs to be completed once annually regardless of the number of species shown.
Those not certified through this youth education certification program on the issues of animal welfare, food safety and character education are not eligible to participate at any California fair.
The Merced County Fair requires the YQCA certification to be completed. IMPORTANT: Complete the YQCA course BEFORE you begin your online entry for your animal project(s).
Online vs. Instructor Led YQCA Training
For both online and instructor-led training, you are required to register in advance on the YQCA website, www.yqca.org. Online training costs $12 per exhibitor and may be completed at any time prior to entry deadline.
If you are looking to save a little money, there are a number of instructor led trainings that are currently being offered here in the Valley, which will cost $3 per exhibitor. Any of these trainings meet the requirements of the State and the Merced County Fair.
The only species exempt from this training are horse, dog and guinea pig.
Don't wait! Complete your courses as soon as possible!