All 4-H members in the beef, sheep, swine, goat, dairy, rabbit and poultry projects need Quality Assurance (QA) training. Members must have completed the training to be eligible to exhibit at County Fair, State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben.
Quality can mean different things to different people. Quality in livestock might mean how an animal looks, its potential breeding value or how the meat looks and tastes. Assurance means a pledge or promise. So, quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to consumers-the people who consume the meat, milk and dairy products, and eggs that come from livestock and poultry. The promise we make is that products from our 4-H livestock projects will be the highest possible quality and we will do everything we can to make these products safe to eat.
4-Hers have two options for completing QA training.
- A free hands-on training will be held following the Livestock Judging Contest on June 23 (see info in past Alert at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h).
- 4-Her’s can complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online. There is a $5 fee per 4-Her. 4-Hers completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present their three certificates to the Extension Office prior to county fair entry day on July 21. Intermediates and Seniors may take a test. Practice tests are available through the online course, however, the actual test is administered by the Extension Office.
A document with registration information for the on-line course can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassurance. There is also a video that you might find helpful as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gkYI3EOMzs.