Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Beef Industry Council Offer Final Round of 2018 Beef Quality Assurance Sessions in Iowa

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Beef Quality Assurance certification sessions set.

NOTE: Session list updated as of 12/12/18.

11/28/18

AMES, Iowa – As the end of 2018 draws near, beef producers who need Beef Quality Assurance certification are reminded of a series of training and certification sessions scheduled across Iowa over the next few weeks. The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to offer these sessions. 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.

BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff.  The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.

Check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and its online certification option.

The chronological schedule of BQA sessions in December 2018, including time, location, preregistration requirements and specific contact information, follows.

December
Dec. 3, 5:30-9 p.m.
Durant Community Center, 606 5th Ave., Durant
Please preregister by calling Kim Lehman at 515-708-2816
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Linn Grove Country Club, Rockwell
Please preregister by Dec. 2 by calling or texting Mark DeVries at 641-425-2150
Contact: Russ Euken, Region 2 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-noon
Sac County Extension Office, Sac City
Please preregister by Dec. 2 by calling 712-662-7131
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Kalona Sale Barn
Meal to begin at 6 pm
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
Grace United Methodist Church, Spencer
Please preregister by Dec. 3 by calling 712-262-2264
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 5, 5:30-9 p.m.
Wolfeys Wapsi Outback, 101 Water St. S, Quasqueton
Meal is at 5:30 p.m.
Please preregister by calling Winthrop Vet Clinic: 319-935-3393
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon
Plymouth County Extension, Le Mars
Please preregister by Dec. 9 by calling 712-546-7835
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Lamoni Livestock Auction Market, Lamoni
Sponsors are Zoetis and the Decatur County Cattlemen
Meal is at 5:30 p.m.
Please preregister by calling Zach Mandernach at 641-414-2692
Contact Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist or Rusty Gibbs, IBIC

Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 N. I St., Oskaloosa
Contact: Patrick Wall, Region 6 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Lohff-Schuman Memorial Community Center, Holstein
Held collaboratively with Valley Veterinary Center
Noon meal provided
Please RSVP by calling 712-225-5200
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1811 N 4th St. Red Oak
Hosted by Red Oak Livestock Market, and the Mills and Montgomery Co. Cattlemen’s Associations
Meal to begin at 5 p.m.
Preregister by calling the Montgomery County Extension Office: 712-623-2592
Contact: Erika Lundy, Region 4 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Archer Coop Grain Company, 5268 370th St. Archer
Morning program: Grain and Livestock Market Outlook, Matt Campbell, INTL FCStone;
Cash Grain Marketing Tools, Mike Schon, Archer Coop
BQA training from 1-2:30 p.m.
No cost to attend and meal provided by Archer Coop Grain Company.
Please RSVP by Dec. 14 to Archer Coop Grain Company: 712-723-5233
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 19, 6-8 p.m.
Appanoose County Extension Office, Centerville – please use back door
Sponsors – Appanoose County Extension
Light refreshments will be served.
Preregister with Lynn Firkins at the Appanoose County Extension office: 641-856-3885.
Contact: Chris Clark, Region 5 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m.
New Vienna Hall, 7271 Columbus St., New Vienna
No RSVP needed
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

Dec. 20, 2-5 p.m.
Protivin Community Center, 103 S Main St., Protivin
RSVP by December 13 to South Winn Veterinary Clinic: 563-532-9650
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

 

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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.

Contact:
Dan Loy, IBC director, 515-294-1058, dloy@iastate.edu


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