Livestock Quality Assurance Transition Plan

Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA) Certification Transition Plan

As in the past, the Nebraska 4-H Program and the York County 4-H Program has mandated the Livestock Quality Assurance Certification for 4-H members exhibiting BEEF, DAIRY CATTLE, GOATS, HOGS, POULTRY, RABBITS and SHEEP at the York County Fair, Nebraska State Fair and AKSARBEN 4-H Stock Show. Exhibitors are REQUIRED to be Livestock Quality Assurance Certified through online certification or testing no later than JUNE 15, 2017. Exhibitors must be certified before the show season or they will NOT be allowed to exhibit their livestock at this year’s shows.

Recently the Nebraska State 4-H Program has announced that Nebraska is part of a national team introducing a new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA).  The YQCA course will be available online 24/7 and it is anticipated that the new course will be available on or about March 1. 

  • From now until February 28th, if you enroll and pay, you can continue to use the current LQA online course through August.  As in the past, youth completing the LQA online course will need to complete three new modules with an 80% or better.  Youth must print and deliver module certificates to the Extension Office. In the current system, $5 per member/student will be charged prior to taking the online certification. Fees will help cover the cost of the QA online management. (The VIDEO - http://goo.gl/l3p0lu - gives a step-by-step instruction on how to make payment and get into the system.)  The price will increase to $12 on the new YQCA online certification, beginning March 1. Therefore, if you want some cost savings and a program that is familiar to 4-H’ers you are encouraged to complete the certification on the current system before March 1, 2017. 
  • At the point where the new YQCA course comes online (March 1), the old LQA course will not accept new 2017 participants.  Instead, youth will enroll with the new YQCA.
  • Note:  For youth already in progress toward attaining the 2017 LQA module prior to March 1, youth will be able to continue their work and complete the required three modules. 

 

Resources to utilize the current Livestock Quality Assurance Certification before March 1 are listed below:

 

Registration questions may be emailed to lqa@unl.edu or 855-208-8037.  

GENERAL OVERVIEWhttp://4h.unl.edu/qualityassurance

ONLINE WEBSITE: http://campus.extension.org/

REGISTRATION INFORMATION VIDEOhttp://goo.gl/l3p0lu  (Gives step-by-step on how to pay and get registered. Highly Recommended!)

The following are the QA Certification Requirements for 4-H/FFA animal project members/students based on their age on January 1, 2017.

Junior (8 – 10 years old on January 1, 2017)

  • Complete On-line Modules (three completed modules are required per year)

Intermediate (11 years old on January 1, 2017)

  • Complete On-line Modules (three completed modules are required per year)

Intermediate (12 – 14 years old on January 1, 2017)

  • Complete On-line Modules (three completed modules are required per year)
  • Take/Pass Intermediate Written Test (once passed, certification is not required until 15 years old)

Senior (15 – 18 years old on January 1, 2017)

  • Complete On-line Modules (three completed modules are required per year)
  • Take/Pass Senior Written Test (once passed, certification is no longer required)

As always, there will be at least one face to face training offered in York before June 15th. 

If you are unsure of your requirements or completed certification, contact the Nebraska Extension Office in York County at 402-362-5508.