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Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certification will be required for commercial beef haulers and producers who deliver fed-cattle directly to most major packing plants beginning January 1, 2020. This plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle, according to Iowa State University extension beef specialist Erika Lundy. One such BQAT certification workshop will be held Dec. 16 at the Iowa State Armstrong Research Farm/Wallace Learning Center located at 53020 Hitchcock Ave, Lewis.

Beef Quality Assurance graphic A Beef Quality Assurance training session has been set for Dec. 16 in West Point. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Patrick Wall said it’s important for beef producers to be certified so there’s no interruption in being able to sell their cattle to processors after Jan. 1, 2020.
Gooseneck trailer used for transporting cattle Beef producers in eastern Iowa are encouraged to become Beef Quality Assurance certified, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it also adds value to the calf crop. A recent study by Colorado State University showed that feeder calves brought $16.80 per head more if they came from BQA certified farms. To help producers achieve the appropriate certifications, three BQA certification and three BQA Transportation training sessions have been scheduled for northeast Iowa according to ISU extension beef specialist Denise Schwab.
Cows grazing snow-covered ground The annual Three-State Beef Conference is scheduled for Jan. 14, 15 and 16, 2020 with locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. The Iowa session will take place Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square, Greenfield. Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Erika Lundy said the program offers area beef producers the opportunity to visit with a forum of specialists focusing on improving profitability through breeding management decisions.
Sara Place The 2020 Driftless Region Beef Conference, set for Jan. 30-31, will showcase two nationally known keynote speakers according to Iowa State University extension beef specialist Denise SchwabThe conference will be held at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.
Feedlot Forum 2020 program graphic width= Feedlot Forum 2020 will be hosted Jan. 14, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. This is the 17th year for the program which is cohosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Beef Center, the Sioux, Lyon and Plymouth County Cattlemen’s Associations, and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. Organizer Beth Doran, beef program specialist with Iowa State Extension and Outreach, says the program will focus on meeting challenges and expectations in cattle marketing.
Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference graphic The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The 49th Annual Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has been set for Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall said this year’s conference will address new, timely, and even controversial topics relevant to Iowa’s beef industry.
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The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University are STILL asking for help from midwestern confined cow-calf producers on a survey project. The main goal of this project is to determine the common management practices utilized, the incidence and importance of animal disease, and the nutritional management practices in confined cow-calf operations. We want to improve our understanding of how these operations are managed so that we can better serve producer needs through research and educational activities. All data collected will be completely confidential and no individual answers will be published. Any presentation of the results of the survey will have all answers compiled from all participants. We hope to complete our data collection and analysis by this fall so producer educational programming may be planned beginning in 2020. The survey is available online here  and in paper version. Request a paper copy by contacting Dr. Terry Engelken at 515-294-2192. A stamped return envelope will be included so you can mail the completed survey back at no charge. You can email Engelken with any questions.

Beef Quality Assurance program graphic Looking for a BQA workshop? Check this listing on this page of the Iowa Beef Industry Council website for a location near you. This page also has links to our IBC personnel, online BQA training, information on BQA transportation trainings and more.
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