The Flint Hills Beef Fest, Kansas Beef Council (KBC) and the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University (BCI) are hosting a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and certification workshop Friday, August 17, 2012 in Emporia.
There is no charge to attend the workshop which will be conducted in the Anderson Building at the Lyon County Fairgrounds at 2700 Highway 50.
In addition to BQA training and certification, participants also will study animal husbandry best management practices, proper downed animal care and humane euthanasia training plus receive disease detection training through a cattle necropsy demonstration.
“The goal is to further train producers to improve their ability to increase consumer confidence in beef products,” said Dan Thomson, DVM, Assistant Dean of Outreach, Associate Professor-Jones Professor of Production Medicine and director of BCI.
Beef consumers are more aware than ever about the quality and safety of the food products they purchase and have growing interest in how animals are raised.
The BQA program is the cornerstone of the beef industry’s quality and safety efforts.
The standard goal of BQA is to deliver a healthy, safe and wholesome beef product to consumers.
BQA includes hazard analysis and planning; proper vaccine handling; administration of vaccines at the proper injection site; management documentation and recordkeeping; and proper cattle handling and care.
The beef checkoff-funded event, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., includes a complimentary lunch sponsored by IVESCO Animal Health and Merck Animal Health.
Attendees are asked to pre-register by August 13 by calling the KBC office at (785) 273-5225 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If calling after business hours reservations can be left in a voice message.
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