Empire Livestock Marketing with Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting free Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training from 6 to p .m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at Empire Livestock Marketing, 357 Lake St., Pavilion.
Nancy Glazier, Small Farms/Livestock specialist with the NWNY Team will be leading the classroom portion of the training. Dr. Becky Silvanic, DVM with Perry Veterinary Clinic will be leading the chute side portion of the training.
By attending, a beef producer will become Level 1 certified. By having a signed Veterinarian Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) form, a producer will be certified at Level 2. He or she will have the opportunity to purchase a farm sign verifying the BQA certification.
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides training to beef cattle producers in food safety, proper cattle handling techniques, handling of animal health products, injection sites, and record keeping. The goal of this program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products.
Cost for the training is FREE, thanks to our BQA Month Sponsors. BQA manuals may be purchased for $10. Registration is required for dinner count by Oct. 6th. Space is limited so register early!
The Beef Quality Assurance Program is supported by The Beef Checkoff.