Animal Used for Food Production:
Almost every livestock animal exhibited at the fair/show will be used to produce food products for human consumption. For this reason it is critical that all youth raising livestock and parents of youth exhibiting animals at the fair/show recognize their role in food animal production and quality assurance.
What is Quality Assurance:
What does quality assurance mean? Quality is defined as distinguished characteristics, standards, or a level of excellence. Assurance is defined as a pledge or promise, confidence, or making something certain. Quality assurance in the production of food animals (dairy and beef cattle, sheep, hogs, goats, etc) refers to the measures or actions producers, both adult and youth, take to ensure the production of safe, wholesome, and high quality animal food products that meet or exceed consumers expectations
Why Should I Participate in Quality Assurance:
Today’s consumers are concerned about food safety and quality. For these reasons packing plants are requiring verification from producers assuring the animals they raise and market are free of chemical and physical hazards; and safe for human consumption. There are many things you can do as a youth producer to help promote food safety when selecting, raising, and marketing a fair animal that is a food animal and will end up on someone’s dinner table. Remember, we are also consumers and demand high quality, safe food products.