Texas has the largest number of 4-H and FFA livestock projects in the nation. Additionally, Texas has the most exhibitors, scholarships and monies awarded. Young people have the opportunity to participate at the county, district, regional and state level. The tremendous support and dedication of livestock show officials, donors and industry stakeholders help make this possible.
With this opportunity comes a responsibility for each exhibitor to learn and demonstrate the highest standards, both in personal character and in the feeding and care of their animals. Focused on quality assurance and character education, Quality Counts is designed to teach young people the importance of displaying good character in carrying out livestock projects, and in every aspect of their lives. Quality Counts helps youth exhibitors learn the importance of using proper livestock management practices so that food quality and safety are preserved.
Through a set of curriculum, activities and a verification exam, livestock exhibitors understand they are contributing to the world’s most nutritious and safe food supply. The world’s population, now estimated at 7.3 billion, is expected to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050. Youth exhibitors will meet the challenges of feeding a growing population. Livestock show programs, like Quality Counts, are critical in the development of agricultural industry careers of young professionals.
Exhibitor participation in Quality Counts helps ensure that Texas 4-H and FFA members can continue to be a part of the greatest youth livestock program in the nation.