BQA training workshops draw large crowds
Nearly 850 producers attended seven Advanced Beef Cattle Care and Health Training workshops held in August and September. Coordinated by the Kansas Beef Council and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, these checkoff-funded events provided training in animal husbandry best management practices, downed animal care, humane euthanasia and low-stress cattle handling. Each participant earned Beef Quality Assurance certification valid for three years.
“BQA training is important to the industry because it increases the end product consistency and quality and assures consumer confidence in beef,” said K-State veterinarian Dan Thomson, the director of BCI.
Thomson, along with BCI staff Chris Reinhardt and veterinarian Dave Rethorst, presented BQA principles during the workshops.
“Through the BQA program, we’re not only seeing improvements in the area of less non-conformance in carcasses, but now we’re seeing improvements in production efficiencies and animal welfare measurements that bring home money to the producer’s bottom line,” said Thomson.
Producers interested in receiving BQA certification are encouraged to attend future workshops or enroll at www.animalcaretraining.org.
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