Agriculture

Beef Quality Assurance Scheduled for Northeast Iowa

Beef producers in northeast Iowa are encouraged to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified or check your certification expiration data. BQA is required for all who sell cattle to Tyson Foods, Cargill and Iowa Premium as well as several other beef processors and some sale barns. BQA certification must be renewed every 3 years.

Several training sessions are scheduled for northeast Iowa before the end of the year.

November 30 – National Farmers Livestock, Manchester 5:30 pm

            Call to register at 563-599-6589

December 2 – American Legion Hall, Victor 6:00 pm

            Email to register at patwall@iastate.edu.

December 6 – Arlington Community Center 6:00 pm

            Call to register Mike Kirby at 563-419-9522

December 7 – Protivin Community Center 4:00 pm

            Call to register South Winn Vet Clinic at 563-532-9650

December 9 – Wolfey’s Wapsi Outback, Quasqueton 6:00 pm

            Call to register Winthrop Vet Clinic 319-935-3393

Preregistration is encouraged in case of winter weather and attendance may be limited for some sessions.

ISU Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab said the Beef Quality Assurance Certification meetings will focus on changes in packer requirements and the information that cattle feeders must provide to market cattle. This certification assures consumers that the beef they eat is a safe, high-quality product and is produced in a responsible manner considering animal welfare and the environment.

Iowa’s BQA certification program utilizes industry partnerships to extend its reach across Iowa but is funded with beef checkoff dollars. The BQA program has helped to inform industry representatives and beef producers about the latest management practices such as proper injection site techniques, record keeping practices, new industry on-farm BQA Assessments, and make consumers more aware of the extra efforts taken by Iowa producers to deliver safe, wholesome beef. At the end of the meeting, all the participants will be BQA certified.

For more information, contact Denise Schwab, Extension Beef Program Specialist at dschwab@iastate.edu or 319-721-9624.

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