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OQBN VAC-45 Cattle Sale Series Begins in November

Mon, 29 Aug 2022 12:32:47 CDT

OQBN VAC-45 Cattle Sale Series Begins in November The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network VAC-45 program will continue to host a series of certified cattle sales around the state this fall, beginning in November.
OQBN is a partnership between Oklahoma State University Extension and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. OQBN is a network of cattlemen, educators, veterinarians, industry professionals and livestock marketers committed to providing beef cattle producers with access to value-added marketing opportunities.
“Many cow/calf producers are preparing to wean spring born calves,” said Paul Vining, OQBN coordinator. “Now is the time to order OQBN VAC-45 program ear tags.”

OQBN strives to boost communication and marketing efforts within all segments of the beef industry with goals of maintaining and improving the quality and profitability of Oklahoma cattle. Cow/calf producers who participate in the OQBN VAC-45 program receive marketing and health management certification in Oklahoma and neighboring states. Benefits include:

• Potential market premiums for preconditioned calves
• Reduced calf stress
• Improved calf immune function
• Increased calf sale weight
• Increased market demand for preconditioned calves
• Brand neutral vaccine selection (Producer and local veterinarian may select the vaccine brand to be administered. Selected vaccines must fulfill program requirements.)
• Third-party verification

Calves enrolled in the VAC-45 program are eligible for a certified OQBN sale at any of the following sale barns on selected dates. The OQBN webpage lists a complete sale schedule and mandatory weaning date for each sale.

OQBN VAC-45 program sale locations:

• OKC West Livestock Market, El Reno
• McAlester Union Stockyards, McAlester
• Payne County Stockyards, Perkins
• Woodward Livestock Auction, Woodward
• Southern Plains Livestock Auction, Blackwell
• LeFlore County Livestock Auction, Wister

Cattlemen can purchase ear tags for enrollment in the program at the OQBN VAC-45 website. Participants are asked to review all program qualifications prior to purchasing ear tags and enrolling calves to ensure all requirements are met.

For more information about OQBN, the VAC-45 program and upcoming certified sales, contact Paul Vining, OQBN coordinator, at 405-744-4268 or paul.vining@okstate.edu.

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