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MQA Training

Posted on 09/12/2020
MQA Training

Meat Quality Assurance (MQA)

Weld County 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. 4-H and FFA members will be required to attend a Face to Face Colorado MQA program a minimum of twice during the course of their career – once as a junior (8-13 years old, age as of December 31st) and once again within one year after becoming a senior (14-18 years old, age as of December 31st) member. The virtual MQA training last year was valid for one year only.

Weld County 4-H is providing some additional MQA Trainings on a Face to Face basis in 2020-2021. Due to the COVID issue, we need to change our normal procedures for presenting this program. We will offer this MQA Training on the following dates:

  • Sunday, December 13th from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, December 14th from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, December 18th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Saturday, December 19th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon) and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Only Weld County 4-H & FFA members will be allowed to attend this training, registration is REQUIRED and will be handled by phone or email. Please contact Michelle at 970-400-2076 or mlangston@co.weld.co.us to register. You must register by 5:00 pm on December 4, 2020. There may be additional paperwork that needs to be filled out to attend the training. If so, you will receive an email on December 9th with the paperwork to fill out, print and bring with you.

We will have hourly sessions that allow 12 family units to attend each hour. Each session will be 50 minutes in length with the last 10 minutes to be used to sanitize tables, chairs, etc. for the next session. Masks will be required (bring your own or we will have some there for you). There will be 10 stations and some table-top displays that will contain the MQA information, we will also have tables and chairs spread-out to use when taking the test if needed.

Remember, only one family unit/person per table or station at any one time. You must achieve 80% on your exams before leaving. If you do not complete the exam within the 50-minute session, let us know and we will try to accommodate you. Please begin registration as soon as possible so you will get your desired date and time.

 You can view an updated MQA list with the members who were enrolled last year. This list will let you know if you need to take the MQA training. This spring there may be a virtual MQA training offered that is valid for one year. Hopefully, this spring we will be able to have another face to face MQA training.

If you have any questions, please contact Larry at (970) 400-2093 or lhooker@co.weld.co.us or Michelle at (970) 400-2076 or mlangston@co.weld.co.us.