BQA Certification – July 30 in Oneonta

Beef producers are invited to a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) classroom session and chute-side workshop on Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m., at The Maiden’s Farm, 477 Co Hwy 11 in the Town of Oneonta.

Cornell Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker and Dr. Bill Johnson, owner and lead veterinarian at Leatherstocking Veterinarian Services, will discuss vaccinations and health management in beef cattle. The chute-side workshop will offer demonstration and practice of proper sub-cutaneous injections. Participants will become eligible for “BQA” certification. The Maidens are hosting this event.

The cost is $15 per person, which includes BQA materials. Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 27, by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) at 315-866-7920, or by e-mailing Pizza, cold drinks, and dessert will be served at 6 p.m. when the classroom session begins.

The national Beef Quality Assurance Program plays an important role in educating producers on best management practices (BMP) and assuring consumer trust in high-quality and safe beef that is produced in the United States. This BQA meeting is sponsored by the Central New York Beef Producers in conjunction with the New York Beef Producers Association.

An additional goal is bringing its members into compliance to build confidence in buyers who are looking for high-quality and well-managed calves at the Fall and Calf Pool Sales. As beef production continues to evolve in Central NY, CCE is assisting regional beef producers to improve profitability and optimize cattle growth. The Central NY Beef Producers will be conducting a tele-auction in November, 2018. Additional calves that meet the quality, weaning, management, and health protocols are still being sought. For more information, contact Bill Gibson at CCE Otsego and Schoharie Counties at 607-547-2536.

Hope to see many of you there.

Ashley M. McFarland
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team
Regional Livestock Specialist P.A.S.
5657 State Route 5
Herkimer, NY 13350
Office: 315 866 7920
Cell: 315 604 2156