New York beef farmers, have you considered becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified?
This certification is free through the NYS Beef Checkoff Program and is valid for three years. So far, the program has over 1,000 certified producers, educators, and students throughout the state. The training for this free certification provides access to the most recent research and training for beef cattle production. There are two levels of certification that can be achieved. The first level meets the basic BQA requirements of classroom and chute-side training, while the second level builds on the basics by establishing a veterinarian/client/patient relationship. With increasing concerns by consumers, the BQA certification can help to instill public trust.
If you are interested in the certification, this month is Beef Quality Assurance Month and it is easier to become certified through multiple trainings held around the state:
October 6th- 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Training Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County,
3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, NY
Chute-side Location: Moon Meadow Farm, Ted Card Family,
3195 North Main Street, Jamestown, NY
For more information/register: call Lisa Kempisty 716-664-9502 Ext. 203, firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9th- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Training Location: Rockspring Farm
490 Mill Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326
For more information/register: call Bill Gibson, 518-588-6032, email@example.com.
October 12th- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Training Location: Empire Livestock
7418 NY-415, Bath, NY
For more information/register (RSVP due October 5th): call Lynn Bliven 716-244-0290
October 18th- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Training Location: Short Tract Fire Hall
10355 Co Rd 15 Fillmore, NY
For more information/register (RSVP due October 12th): call Lynn Bliven 716-244-0290