Beef Quality Assurance Training Set for Sept. 8 in Albia
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ALBIA, Iowa - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in cooperation with the Iowa Beef Industry Council will host a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training program on Sept. 8 at the Monroe County ISU Extension Office in Albia. The program will cover numerous best management practices and will qualify producers for BQA certification. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Chris Clark said Iowa beef producers, veterinarians, feed industry personnel and anyone interested in beef cattle production are invited to participate.
The program will include a general overview of the BQA program and cover all the major production practices required for BQA certification. Information that applies to all facets of beef cattle production including cow-calf, stocker/backgrounder, and feedlot is part of the agenda.Topics of discussion will include animal care and handling, management of feedstuffs and feed additives, management of animal health products, proper injection site techniques, biosecurity, and record keeping.
BQA certification is vital as major packers now require a current BQA certificate from feedlot producers selling market-ready cattle.
"It is basically a matter of market access for people marketing fed cattle," Clark said. "All the major packers now require that suppliers are BQA certified. Beyond just fulfilling that requirement though, the BQA program includes a great deal of useful information that producers can take home and immediately utilize in their beef cattle operations."
BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. The Iowa BQA Program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff. To learn more about the Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings across Iowa, please visit iabeef.org.
The meeting will run from 6 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m. at the Monroe County Extension Office. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, but to assist organizers with planning, please preregister by Sept. 6 by calling the Monroe County Extension Office at 641-932-5612 or by emailing Amie Koffman at email@example.com.
Clark reminds producers that those unable to attend an in-person workshop may complete their BQA training online at https://bqa.beeflearningcenter.org/.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.
Chris Clark, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist, 712-250-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org