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Livestock and Animal Information

Quality Assurance

Maryland  4-H Animal Husbandry and Quality Assurance (AH&QA) Program. This program is offered to help youth who participate in 4-H animal projects in Maryland learn about the importance of caring for, grooming and showing their animals in safe and ethical ways. 

Members should reference MDA website:

Completion of this program is required to show your project animal(s) in County 4-H and State 4-H Shows. Please note that your county or state may have an earlier deadline for completion of this program. Quality Assurance must be completed before you compete in your first show for the season.

The program must be completed using Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browsers. The program is not supported by Internet Explorer.  The program contains two levels, a Junior-aged Level and an Intermediate/Senior-aged Level. The program automatically directs members to the correct level based on their birthdate. 4-Hers are required to complete the on-line training program when they reach each 4-H age division (juniors (8-10), intermediates (11-13), seniors (14-18) – all as of January 1 of the current year) OR when an Intermediate or Senior 4-H member chooses to show a new species since last completing the program within their age division they must return to program and complete the program for the new species area. (The Junior program does not have species specific sections like the Intermediate/Senior program does).



Policy Documents

Maryland 4-H Code of Animal Science Ethics

Ownership Information

Maryland Department of Agriculture Animal Health Program (MDA) Fair and Show Information (Exhibition) 

If you have any questions regarding new requirements, please contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5810.

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