Certification Workshops set for Cattle Producers and Livestock Haulers
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EMMETSBURG, Iowa – Need to get your Beef Quality Assurance certification or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation certification? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Industry Council are offering two workshops on June 12 at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg.
The morning workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon, features a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) session. In this interactive workshop, cattle producers will learn the latest in best management practices and how to raise consumer confidence that the beef they eat is a safe, high quality product raised with attention to animal well-being and environmental stewardship. In the afternoon workshop, from 1:30 to 3:30, the focus will be on BQA Transportation (BQAT).
“BQA workshops enable producers to become BQA certified, which is a requirement of some packers,” said Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist. "Transportation quality assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle. When a transporter has this certification, they demonstrate to the consumer that they are taking care to keep cattle as healthy and safe as possible.”
BQA Transportation is a new program for both farmers and professional truckers. Topics to be covered include biosecurity, determining fitness for transport and best management practices in cattle transport. BQAT certification will be required by major packers prior to January 1, 2020.
There is no cost associated with either workshop. However, preregistration for both workshops is requested by June 7 to ISU Extension and Outreach in Palo Alto County by calling 712-852-2865.
The BQA and BQAT workshops are held in conjunction with the Farm News Ag Show 2019. Show time for the Ag Show is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A schedule for the Ag Show may be accessed at https://www.farm-news.com/page/content.detail/id/534583/FARM-NEWS-is-taking-its-show-on-the-road.html?nav=5005
Last year, 17 northwest Iowa workshops certified 718 cattle producers. In addition to this June 12 certification opportunity, BQA workshops in northwest Iowa are scheduled for Aug. 6 and Nov. 21.
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.
Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230, email@example.com