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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.

As we told you in the 4-H newsletter, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak all face to face MQA Programming using the MQA Trailer has been suspended, all MQA Training will be done using the Online Course and testing materials. This online MQA Training is only good for the 2020 4-H year only, next year we will return back to the face to face training as we have used before. All Online MQA training must be completed by June 1, 2020, no exceptions, so get started on this as soon as you get your materials.

Below you will find a list of our MQA spreadsheet, look at that list and see if your name has “Need Meat Quality Assurance” in red next to your name, if it does not you are up to date with your MQA for 2020.

If you do have “Need Meat Quality Assurance” in red next to your name, you need to watch the online MQA program and take the MQA test. There are three attachments below for the MQA testing materials – Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-13) and Senior (14-18), select the one that fits your age group. These are your age as of December 31st.

After you watch the MQA program you need to take the MQA test to complete the course. A score of 80% will be needed to pass the course, if you score below the needed 80% you can re-take the exams as many times as necessary to obtain an 80% score.

When you complete the MQA test with a 80% or higher score, you need to take a screen shot of that score for your records to verify your score.

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 April 20, 2020

Junior (8-10 years old, as of December 31st) Meat Quality Assurance Class

Intermediate (11-13 years old, as of December 31st) Meat Quality Assurance Class

Senior (14-18 years old, as of December 31st) Meat Quality Assurance Class