BQA is a national program that provides training to beef cattle producers in food safety, proper cattle handling techniques, handling of animal health products, injection sites, and record keeping. The goal of this program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products.Many beef cattle buyers, feeders, packers, and retail outlets are requiring that the beef they purchase be produced by BQA certified cattle producers.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is planning a BQA in an evening training on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. The session begins at 6:00 PM at the farm of George and Linrae Ellis in Rushford, NY. There will be a classroom portion followed by chute side training. The event should wrap up by 9:30 pm.
Cost for the training is $12 which covers the BQA manual; no charge for additional family/farm members. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited so register early!
By attending, a beef producer will be Level 1 certified. By having a signed Veterinarian Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) form, a producer can be certified at level 2; participants 14 and older may be certified.There will be an opportunity to purchase a farm sign verifying the BQA certification. To register for the event, send a check payable to CCE Allegany County and mail to: 5435A County Rd 48, Belmont, NY 14813, attention Lynn Bliven. For questions, please call 585-268-7644 ext 18. The Beef Quality Assurance Program is supported by The Beef Checkoff.