Beef and dairy farmers who sell cattle through United Producers, Inc. have been formally advised to complete Beef Quality Assurance Training before January 2019. Muskingum Livestock in Zanesville has shared the same advice.
Throughout 2018, many agricultural organizations and businesses have been sharing the message that some of America’s largest meat distributors will only buy beef that is backed by BQA after the turn of the New Year.
This certification is not mandated by law. However, it is being required by some of the links that make up the beef supply chain, including auction barns, feed lots, packers, retailers, and consumers. Essentially, marketing beef without BQA certification will become increasingly difficult and those who do so successfully may find their compensation inadequate.
There are many opportunities for beef and dairy producers to get certified. You can take the training class at anytime, online, for free, through the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at www.bqa.org. Local training courses have been and will continue to be offered.
Upcoming Beef Quality Assurance Trainings
Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Barnesville Library Annex, 611 North Chestnut St. Barnesville.
Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County JVS, 1509 County Highway 22A Bloomingdale.
Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Extension Regional Office, 16714 Wolf Run Rd. Caldwell.
For more information contact Belmont County Extension Office:
Dan Lima email: [email protected] or phone: 740-695-1455