Every 4-H member that will be exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, goat, dairy, rabbit and/or poultry projects need Quality Assurance (QA) training each year. 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.
Cherry County 4-Hers have two options for completing QA training.
- A free hands-on training will be held with the Livestock Judging Contest on June 27 (time TBA).
- 4-Her’s can complete their Livestock Quality Assurance requirement online. There is a $5 fee per Nebraska 4-Her. 4-Hers completing their quality assurance requirement online must complete three modules and present or email their three certificates to the Extension Office prior to county fair entry day on July 25. Intermediates (11-13) and Seniors (14-18) may take a test. Practice tests are available through the online course at no charge, however, the actual test is administered by the Extension Office.
Complete instructions and course registration can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassuranceprogram.