Stockmanship & Stewardship: Importance of BQA certification

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association had the opportunity to partner with affiliates from Washington and Idaho to bring NCBA’s Stockmanship and Stewardship clinic to the Pacific Northwest, October 12-13, 2018 in Pasco, WA.

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Attendees watching a Live meat cutting for consumer confidence demonstration by Sara Baker, University of Idaho Extension.

It was well attended, with 107 participants and gave each the opportunity to leave the clinic as Beef Quality Assurance certified. A trend across the United States

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Preferred Production Practices Panel Left to right: Casey Anthony; Idaho rancher, Curt Pate; Stockmanship Clinician, Molly Linville; Washington rancher, Dr. Ron Gill; Professor & Livestock specialist.

About BQA:

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry. (From www.bqa.org)

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Demonstration of low stress handling of cattle through the chute.

Classes included:

  • Preferred Production Practices;
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship;
  • Feedstuff & Feed Additive Quality;
  • Fetal Programming on Carcass Characteristics;
  • Animal Transportation Care;
  • Rangeland Management and Forage Nutrient Care;
  • Live demonstration of meat cutting for consumer confidence;
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Sarah Baker with meat cutting demonstration.
  • Live demonstration on low stress cattle handling techniques;
  • Update on Tax Reform and Ranch Management.
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Cattle transportation protocol demo

The clinic was worth it’s weight in gold for updated information on research and education for Quality Beef handling and management tips and tricks. OCA will be working to bring this clinic to Oregon next year.

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To learn more about BQA certification visit https://www.bqa.org/

To watch videos of meat cutting and low stress handling, visit OCA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/oregoncattlemensassoc/

 

 

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