This winter, feedlot producers across the Commonwealth will have the unique opportunity to participate in a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Feedyard Assessment March Madness Tournament. The Pennsylvania Beef Council (PBC), along with Merck Animal Health and CattleFax, are encouraging producers to set themselves apart from the rest and be a leader in the cattle feeding industry. 

The BQA Feedyard Assessment is designed to help all cattle feeders benchmark their operations in areas such as animal welfare, cattle handling, record keeping, etc. The assessment was created with the help of representatives from the major cattle-feeding states. The March Madness incentive program is designed to award the first eight feeders whom successfully complete and submit their Feedyard Assessment to be a part of a National database assessed in accordance with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) requirements. The database has been set up to aide packers when identifying cattle coming out of BQA compliant feedyards. In addition, the assessment allows the feedlot itself to maintain a constant evaluation of where improvements have been made, and where more should be made, to continually improve their commitment to quality on the farm.

Take your cattle operation to the next level by completing the BQA Feedyard Assessment today for your chance to score a CattleFax subscription valued at $200. CattleFax is not a stakeholder in the market but rather an information source and analysis service designed to meet the unique needs of the beef industry. The first eight feedlots to complete and submit documentation of the assessment by March 31, will be awarded with the CattleFax subscription. The prizes have been made possible by a joint partnership from the PBC, Merck Animal Health and CattleFax.