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Updated Livestock Quality Assurance Training Options

NEW:  Updated Livestock Quality Assurance Training Options:  Minnesota 4-H supports livestock quality assurance and animal science ethics.  All youth participating as a state fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat, and lama must complete livestock quality assurance training.  Certification is required for state fair grade/age-eligible youth. Must be completed before their home county fair qualifying show.

  • The training accommodates multi-levels of learning for all ages. The level of training required is determined by the grade/age of the youth at the time the training takes place.
  • Counties that have a swine marketing agreement with a packer that requires livestock quality assurance certification may require swine members (grade 3-13) to certify.

Minnesota 4-H youth must participate in one of the training options to be eligible for Minnesota 4-H state fair shows. Beginning in 2018, Minnesota 4-H will have two training options. 

1. A face-to-face 3-hour livestock quality assurance and ethics training from Minnesota 4-H. These will be offered in multiple locations statewide. This certification is valid for three fair seasons. Cost is set by county/regional host.
2. An online 1-hour youth quality care of animals training offered via distance learning. This certification is valid for one fair season. Cost: $12; pay at registration with a credit card. (This is a national program and registration fee pays for the national training system.)

Trainings promote responsible care of animals, making informed decisions in animal care and providing safe consumer food products. Youth will receive a certificate of completion. Additional information concerning any Livestock Quality Assurance training in our area will be listed in upcoming 4-H newsletters.  Contact Sharon at the Extension Office for more information.  



Sharon Weiss
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 253-2895