HASKELL Rolling Plains cattle producers can get the low-down on a beef quality management system designed to improve consumer confidence in beef products and their own bottom-line profitability at a March 5 meeting in Haskell County.
“Ron Gill, Extension livestock specialist at Dallas, and Dr. Buddy Faries, Extension program leader in veterinary medicine, will be on hand to explain how the Texas Beef Quality Assurance system works,” said Brandon Anderson, Haskell County Extension agent for agriculture.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Haskell County Memorial Civic Center. There is no charge to attend, and a meal will be provided.
The Haskell County Extension Agriculture Committee and Haskell Veterinary Clinic are sponsoring this event, with help from Fort Dodge Animal Health and Hi Pro Animal Health.
The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) system was created 10 years ago by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef products. The system combines science, research and education to teach production methods that enable producers to focus on quality from “the range to the table.”
A united effort by state cattlemen’s associations, beef councils, the Extension Service, animal scientists, veterinarians, feed and animal health companies, packers, and retailers helps ensure that beef producers have access to BQA information.
This information focuses on environmental management, record keeping, safe use of animal health products and sampling procedures for feed and feed ingredients. Ninety-eight percent of cattle going through feedlots, and 90 percent of cattle on farms and ranches today are from states with BQA programs.
The Texas Beef Quality Producer program sponsored by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Beef Council, Texas Agricultural Extension Service and Texas Veterinary Medical Association provides BQA education and certification for Texas producers. This program helps producers develop their own customized BQA management plan, as well as records that document and support sound business practices.
Gill and Faries were instrumental in developing this educational program in Texas.
To register for the meeting, call the Haskell County Vet Clinic at (940) 864-3496 by Feb. 28. Those who attend can earn two general Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For more information, contact Anderson at the Haskell County Extension office, (940) 864-2658.