Iowa State University Department of Animal Science and the beef checkoff presented a Beef Quality Assurance program Oct. 6 and 20 at the Iowa Cattle Industry Headquarters in Ames, Iowa. More than 80 students attended and became BQA certified during the two-day program. The BQA training was conducted by Doug Bear, director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, in conjunction with Brad Skaar's animal science beef production class.
The training included interactive discussions on current issues facing the beef industry, animal welfare concerns, proper routes of administration for vaccines, as well as the importance of reading the product label and following proper withdrawal times. The training instructed students on best management practices within the beef and dairy industry that ensure a safe, nutritious, and high-quality product for consumers.
"During these events we discussed current and upcoming industry issues, best management practices of cattle production and vaccination protocols that benefit our beef and dairy industry," Skaar said.
Maintaining consumer demand for beef requires a commitment to quality beef production, not only during the feedlot, dairy, or packing plant, but also within every segment of the cattle industry. For additional information on BQA events, contact 515-296-2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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