Quality of your Beef 8/29/12

Beef Quality Assurance Workshop and Public Information Forum

Saturday, September 8th at Feather River College

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. Certification for BQA is only good for three years before producers must participate in a refresher course.

The Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association, University of California Cooperative Extension and Feather River College Agriculture Depart,ment are holding a Beef Quality Assurance Workshop Saturday Sept 8th from 9:30-12:30 at the Equine Studies Classroom on the Feather Rive College Campus.  Extension veterinarian Dr. John Maas will be the keynote speaker.  The workshop which includes lunch is open to anyone who registers…the cost for receiving a certification card is $25 or $15 for students and $5 for anyone not certifying.  We are grateful to Pfizer for helping defray some of the costs for lunch; but need folks to register so we have sufficient food.

You can register online at http://ucanr.org/plumas-sierrabqa .  More information is available from Russell Reid at Feather River College 283-2020 ext 260 or calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 283-6270.

Immediately following the formal beef quality assurance workshop, starting at 12:30pm Extension Veterinarian Dr. John Maas from UC Davis will host a Public Informational Forum and cover topics like Mad Cow, Animal Welfare and answer questions from the general public about beef cattle production and processing.

When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:

§  Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.

§  Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.

§  Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.

§  Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.

§  Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.

§  Enhances herd profitability through better management.

Beef Check-off supported BQA programs.  Certification in BQA is only good for three years, at which point producers must attend a recertification program, like the one being offered Sept 8th at FRC.  If you are unsure of when you last certified, you can contact the California Cattlemen’s Association office at (916) 444-0845.

If you have additional questions, please call the Plumas-Sierra Cooperative Extension Office in Quincy at 283-6270.

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