Show Me Quality Assurance

Objective:  To increase the knowledge and awareness of Missouri youth about food quality issues related to animal production.

Who should take it: All 4-H members enrolled in food animal projects (including beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle and bucket calf, meat and dairy goats, rabbits and poultry) must complete the appropriate level of Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) certification to be considered a 4-H member in good standing in that project.  Other county good standing guidelines may also apply.

The Program:  The Show Me Quality Assurance Program consists of two parts.  The information presented is different for each part.  Most counties alternate which part is presented each year; this is why it is required to take it two consecutive years in a row.  

One part covers information on daily care and management; animal handling; farm/animal identification (Premise ID); reading feed labels; withdrawal times; and biosecurity (disease prevention).

The other part provides information on HACCP; animal health products; proper injection locations; carcass quality; and carcass value.

A refresher course is required when the 4-H member turns 14.  After that is completed the 4-H member is certified through age 18.

Definition of Terms:

"SMQA Qualified to Show"  means the member has participated in Missouri Show Me Quality Assurance training within the current 4-H program year.

"SMQA Conditional Certified" for youth age 8 to 13 by January 1 of the program year certification is conditional.  To obtain the conditional certification status a member age 8 to 13 by January 1 has participated in two consecutive years of training.  Once they obtain the conditional status they do not have to take a refresher course until they are 14 by January 1 of the program year.  Upon completion of the refresher course they would be SMQA Certified for the remainder of their youth exhibition career in 4-H.

"SMQA Certified"  means youth in 4-H would attend one training after they have turned 14 by January 1 of hte program year will be considered SMQA Certified and no further training will be required for they remainder of their 4-H exhibition career.   

Franklin County SMQA Meeting Dates

SMQA Letter of Explanation to Food Animal Fair Exhibitors (pdf)

2019 Franklin County Upcoming Livestock Events (pdf)