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4-H clover 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance Training (LQA)

Livestock Quality Assurance training helps youth provide excellent care for their food animals and ensure a high level of food safety to consumers. We designed it to enhance the educational experience of 4-H animal science projects

Do you hope to exhibit with 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair? All 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete livestock quality assurance training.

Two training options

Youth who complete either one of these training options will receive a certificate of completion.

Read the full Minnesota 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance Policy.

LQA&E and YQCA updates for families

YQCA website transition

YQCA has moved to a new website. Learn more here.

Covid related certification extension

In 2020, due to Covid, we were unable to hold in-person state-level 4-H livestock shows for youth to attend, thus we extended by one year the Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) in-person training certification of any youth that had certified in 2019 so they will be able to use their full three fair season eligibility.  Youth who certified in LQA&E in 2019 will be certified through the 2022 state fair season.   

Youth who certified in LQA&E prior to 2019 and youth that have not yet certified in any livestock quality assurance training and want to be eligible for state-level shows must certify this year in either LQA&E or YQCA.

If you have any questions about your certification and eligibility, please contact your local Extension educator.



Sharon Davis, Extension educator and animal science director
davis051@umn.edu or 507-369-6896

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