Beef Quality Assurance Training

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will be holding a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program for local beef cattle producers. BQA is a voluntary program in which cattle producers assume responsibility for producing beef that is a healthy, quality product and free from injection-site lesions and bruises and other defects that are often the result of poor handling practices. The certification, which is good for a three-year period and requires a recertification every three years following, can also offer potential price advantages to producers who plan to market cattle through graded sales.

The training will be held at The Mountain Folk Center, starting February 20 at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost for the training, but if you wish to become certified, certification will cost $15 for NC Cattlemen’s Association members and $40 for non-members. The training will cover feeds, feed additives & medications, record keeping, handling, hauling and husbandry practices.

Preregistration is required in order to attend the training. For more information or to preregister, please call the Cherokee County Extension Office at 837-2210.