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4-H clover Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics Training - Mankato-area

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Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds
400 Union Street
St. Peter, MN 56082



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Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics (LQA&E) training helps youth provide excellent care for their animals and ensure a high level of food safety to consumers. This training was designed to enhance the educational experience of 4-H animal science projects. 


All youth participating as a Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat and llama - alpaca must have completed a livestock quality assurance and ethics training, for which there are two training options 1) a three-hour in-person workshop (LQA&E) or 2) a one-hour online training (YQCA). Youth completing either quality assurance training option will receive a certificate of completion. Please review the full LQA policy

Livestock Quality Assurance training is required for all state fair exhibitors (grades 6+) and is optional for all other members grades 3+. Youth must complete the training by the deadline set by your county to be eligible for a state fair trip.(The deadline is BEFORE your county fair--check with your Extension educators for the exact deadline.)  Contact the Extension staff to determine if your current LQA&E training will expire by the 2022 county fair (or if you haven't previously taken it).

Details about the two options to complete the LQA certification:

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)   refers to online training. The online training is one hour long and must be taken using a desktop computer or laptop – it is not available with ipads or on other mobile devices. The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training is one hour long and can be accessed through members’ 4Honline account. There is a cost of $12 that must be paid by credit card. A copy of the member’s certificate of completion should be turned in to the Extension Office.


Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA&E) refers to the in-person, face-to-face training. This training is 3 hours and is offered in various locations across the state. Certification is good for three fair seasons. The level of training required is determined by the grade of the youth at the time the training takes place. Depending on the location of training, there may be a cost to attend. 

  • 4-Hers completing grades 3-5 must be certified in Level I. 

  •  4-Hers completing grades 9-13 must be certified in Level II. 

  •  4-Hers completing grades 6-8 may be certified in either Level I or Level II.  The determination of which Level to certify at for grades 6-8 should be based on the livestock project experience the 4-Her possesses.  It is expected that 6-8 graders with very little exposure to livestock projects will certify in Level I.  


All 4-Her's in grades 6+ who may have the opportunity to show livestock at the state fair.


FREE to Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Sibley, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties. $5 for youth from other counties **if you are a 4-H member in a county other than Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Nicollet, or Sibley Counties, please contact Randi Schwartz at schw1553@umn.edu prior to registering**


Registration is open. The registration deadline is Monday, June 6, 2022 To register, login at https://mn.4honline.com.  For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at z.umn.edu/4hEvent  or contact your Extension office. 

Not re-enrolled? Re-enroll today. After your re-enrollment is approved, you will be notified and can return to 4HOnline to register for this event.

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