Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Workshops Set for April 2 in Spencer and April 3 in Orange City

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Gooseneck trailer used for transporting cattle.

Register for BQA and BQAT sessions in Clay County
and Sioux County locations by March 30. 
Photo by Beth Doran.

3/10/20

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Workshops on April 2 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County office in Spencer, 110 W. 4th St., and April 3 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City, 400 Central Ave. NW.

According to Beth Doran, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, the goals of BQA and BQAT are to provide the consumer with a safe and high-quality product, while attending to best management practices in animal husbandry, environmental stewardship and safety.

“BQA certification is required for feedlot producers selling cattle to major packers and at most local livestock auctions,” Doran said. “BQAT certification is mandatory for all producers and transporters hauling cattle directly to a major packing plant on their trailer but is not a requirement for producers and transporters hauling cattle to a local livestock auction.”

Both BQA and BQAT certifications are active for three years from the date of issuance.

Workshop attendees may select which sessions (BQA or BQAT) they would like to attend at each site. The BQA certification training is from 10 a.m. to noon. The BQA Transportation training is from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided between the two sessions. See the flyer for the Clay County location and see the flyer for the Sioux County location.

There is no charge to attend BQA training; however, there is a $25 certification fee for BQAT. Preregistration for both locations is encouraged by March 30. Call ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County at 712-262-2264 for the April 2 training or ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County at 712-737-4230 for the April 3 training. 

The Iowa BQA program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff, and the education is delivered as a joint effort with the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Both BQA and BQAT certifications also are available online at https://bqa.beeflearningcenter.org/ and there is no cost for either online program.

For more information, contact Doran by phone at 712-737-4230 or email doranb@iastate.edu

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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:
Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230, doranb@iastate.edu

 

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