The Beef Quality Assurance workshop is set to take place on October 8 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Trowbridge Angus, 164 Waltermire Road, Ghent, New York.

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationwide certification program to help ensure a safe, wholesome and quality beef product for consumers. Topics covered include cattle nutrition, handling, and vaccine protocols. BQA recertification is required every three years.  Attendance at this workshop will recertify you for another 3 years.

Tom Gallagher, CAAHP Livestock Specialist, Dr. Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Specialist and a Veterinarian from Copake Animal Hospital will provide an overview of the BQA process and review the following topics:

  • Veterinary client patient relationship
  • Selection of needle size
  • Animal handling
  • Handling and care of pharmaceuticals
  • Management of environment and health
  • Records to keep
  • Extra label use
  • Location/mode of application (IM, SQ, IV, Pour-on, implant)

Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift certificate from Boehringer Ingelheim for animal health products. Also, Kent Feeds will be offering one 50# bag of Framework Minerals at each meeting.

The workshop will cover requirements 1-3 below. To be certified, producers must:

  1. Attend a BQA classroom training
  2. Attend a chute-side training.
  3. Sign a BQA Contract.

Registration is due October 5 and costs $10 per farm to cover the cost of the manual, plus $5 per person.  For questions, contact: Tom Gallagher at tjg3@cornell.edu or 518-577-0958