An evening informational program will be held for Texas County youth from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday May 28, in the conference room at the University of Missouri Texas County Extension office in Houston. 

The event, “Show Me Quality Assurance Training,” is a 4-H program that aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of Missouri youth about food quality issues related to animal production. Information includes daily care and management, animal handling, farm/animal identification (Premise ID); reading feed labels, withdrawal times and biosecurity (disease prevention). Also covered are animal health products, proper injection locations, carcass quality and carcass value.

This course meets the requirements for Show Me Quality Assurance Certification that is needed to show at the Missouri State Fair and many county fairs. It is not a requirement to show at the Texas County Fair, but exhibitors are encouraged to attend.  “Actually, any youth involved with livestock is welcome,” said MU Extension agriculture educator Eric Meusch. “Anyone producing animals that end up on the dinner table has the responsibility of the insuring that those products meet the quality and health standards that people expect.”

There is no fee to attend. Anyone interested in attending is asked to pre-register by May 23. For more information or to pre-register, call the Extension office in Houston at 417-967-4545.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is a local link to practical education. Learn more online at

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