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Meat Quality Assurance

Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) Certification Program

Meat Quality Assurance

Meat Quality Assurance

4-H and FFA members enrolling in any market and/or breeding livestock or small animal projects for the first time regardless of age, must attend a Colorado Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) program. A Colorado Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) program is considered to be a training conducted using a Colorado 4-H MQA trailer.

4-H and FFA members will be required to attend a Colorado MQA program a minimum of twice during the course of their 4-H career – once as a junior (8-13 years old, 4-H age) and once again within one year after becoming a senior (14-18 years old, 4-H age) 4-H member. Members are encouraged to review the information and best practices found in the Colorado Meat Quality Assurance program annually.

4-H members enrolled in market and/or breeding livestock or small animal projects will sign the Animal Care and Housing form, indicating their understanding of and compliance with the good production practices taught in the Colorado 4-H Meat Quality Assurance program. Consequences for failing to comply with the Animal Care and Housing standards/Rules of Competition/4-H Code of Conduct/Colorado 4-H Youth Development Policies may result in removal from all 4-H livestock projects for the member/family. The Animal Care and Housing form must be filed every time the member signs up for any market and/or breeding livestock or small animal project.

Additional quality assurance certifications may be required by fairs, shows and sales. It is the sole responsibility of each individual exhibitor to review fair, show and sale rules for events they plan to participate in or attend, and to comply with any additional certifications at their own expense.

There are 32 MQA trainings offered throughout the state. You can attend any of these training. For a full list of trainings offered, please look in the newsletter at www.weld4h.org. The Weld County MQA training will be held on Wednesday, May 27th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Exhibition Building at Island Grove Park in Greeley. This training has several different stations that you will go through at your own pace. Please be here no later than 6:00 p.m. to attend the training.

For Example: Certifications such as the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) may be required by fairs, shows or sales. In such a situation, The Colorado 4-H MQA certification is not a substitute for any fair, show or sale’s additional certification requirement.

Weld County Fair is requiring and accepting only MQA Certification. Colorado State Fair will accept either MQA or YQCA Certification.

Meat Quality Assurance List - Updated January 4, 2020