The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is designed to improve the value and quality of beef throughout the industry by training producers, youth and industry professionals in best management practices. The BQA program has been incorporated into youth agricultural and educational settings since its inception, 15 years ago.
The Pennsylvania Beef Council is excited to introduce a youth toolkit for educators across the state that has all of the necessary “tools” for them to incorporate a comprehensive beef lesson and BQA program in their classrooms. The toolkits will include a needle block, which visually shows the differences in needle length and gauge, illustration on proper injection site for cattle, a Beef Choice poster and much more. In addition, the toolkit will include a USB thumb drive loaded with documents which will be essential in helping the educator facilitate the BQA lesson in their classroom.
The Pennsylvania Beef Council is extremely excited about offering this opportunity to teachers and educators across the Commonwealth. “Sharing the beef story has always been extremely important to the Pennsylvania Beef Council and, in today’s environment, we need to take every opportunity to educate all parties involved from farm to plate,” noted Nichole Hockenberry, the beef council’s Director of Producer Education. “We look at this youth program as an investment into the future as we help put shape to a better understanding and appreciation of the daily tasks and management practices that take place on the farm to raise safe, nutritious and high quality beef.”