The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) began development of an industry-wide quality assurance program in 1991. Since then, the ASI, through cooperative agreements with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Colorado State University, University of Minnesota, and Texas A&M University, conducted a quality audit of meat, wool, and milk from U.S. sheep. In the final report of that audit, industry problem areas were identified, and preventative management strategies to assist in the reduction of quality challenges were developed.
This publication provides information about objectives and process control procedures for use by sheep producers that will help to generate safe, high-quality products.
The mission of the Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA) program is to maximize consumer confidence in, and acceptance of, sheep products by using research and education to improve management during the production of safe and high-quality sheep products.