Youth Meat Quality Assurance (YMQA)

2017 YMQA Training Calendar

Training Date Registration/Comments Location & Contact
March 16, 2017 (3:45 - 6:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Kari Sponaugle.
Highland County Extension Office, Monterey
Kari Sponaugle - (540) 468-2225
March 26, 2017 (2:00 PM) Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to the first 30 that RSVP.
Please call Claire Burris (540) 727-3435 ext 0 to reserve your spot.
CulpeperCounty Extension Office;
Contact: Carl Stafford - (540) 727-3435 ext. 351
March 27, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited.
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Clarke County - Enders Fire Company Social Hall, Berryville
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
April 12, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Page County - Page County Extension Office Meeting Room, Stanley
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
April 17, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Frederick County - Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit Conference Room, Winchester
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
April 19, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Clarke County - Enders Fire Company Social Hall, Berryville
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
May 18, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Loudoun County - Sykes Hall, Loudoun County Fairgrounds, Leesburg
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
May 25, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Frederick County - Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit Conference Room, Winchester
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
May 30, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Shenandoah County - Board Room, Shenandoah County Government Center, Woodstock
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
June 22, 2017 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Shenandoah County - Board Room, Shenandoah County Government Center, Woodstock
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
July 7, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Page County - Page County Extension Office Meeting Room, Stanley
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549
July 21, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 PM) Space may be limited. 
Please RSVP to Corey Childs.
Warren County - Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Front Royal
Corey Childs - (540) 635-4549

Below are some of the commonly asked questions about the Youth Meat Quality Assurance (YMQA) program.

Youth Meat Quality Assurance Questions and Answers (PDF | 18KB)

The Youth Meat Quality Assurance Program is a program designed to teach youth the basics of animal husbandry and general management practices in raising a project animal. This program provides a foundation of animal management for youth of all ages. The mission of this youth meat quality assurance program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of the food products produced via youth livestock projects. Quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to the consumers, or the people who consume the products that come from livestock. The promise made is that products from livestock will be the highest possible quality and producers will do everything possible to make these products safe to eat.

The Youth Meat Quality Assurance Program (YMQA) is comprised of the Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA), Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), Sheep Quality Assurance and Goat Quality Assurance Programs. The Youth Meat Quality Assurance Program fully certifies youth in the Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus Program and the classroom-portion of the Beef Quality Assurance Program. Youth can also attend a chuteside BQA training to become fully certified in Beef Quality Assurance.

Youth Meat Quality Assurance ensures consumer confidence in the products (projects) that you are raising. It is assuring the consumer that your project animal was raised using best management practices to ensure a safe and wholesome product. In addition, there are many packers that require the owner of swine to be Youth PQA Plus certified before their animals are allowed to be harvested at their facility. By completing the YMQA program, you are opening up additional marketing opportunities for your projects.

Yes, all youth interested in showing at the State Fair of Virginia are required to attend a YMQA training.

All youth must attend a YMQA training by the August 15th entry deadline.

No, you do not need to complete the chuteside training portion of BQA in order to show at the SFVA.

No, it is not required for the 2017 Junior Beef Roundup.

We strongly suggest that you attend a YMQA training, but do not require a YMQA training to compete in the Youth Cattle Working Contests. However, in order to compete in the Youth Cattle Working Contests, you must be fully BQA certified (must attend both a classroom and chuteside training).

Yes, you have to attend a training every year for Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus. For more information regarding testing out please contact your local county Extension agent.

No, only trained extension agents, FFA advisors and extension specialists can train youth for the YMQA program.

You must check with the local extension agent to see if you can attend another county’s training.

You need to call your local extension office to see if either the 4-H agent or ANR agent is certified to train youth for YMQA. If there is not a local agent trained, please check the calendar for a local training or contact Dr. Paige Pratt.

You need to make sure that you have completed both the Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus training and the Beef Quality Assurance classroom training to be certified in Youth Meat Quality Assurance and fully eligible to compete at the State Fair of Virginia.

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Contact

Joi Saville
joi.saville@vt.edu
(540) 231-2257

Virginia 4-H Livestock Programs Endowment

The Virginia 4-H Foundation is spearheading the advancement of the Virginia 4-H Youth Livestock Programs Endowment. 4-H livestock programming is funded through a combination of private gifts, endowment income, gifts in kind, and participant fees.

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