At the 2023 Cattlemen’s Congress, the Oklahoma Beef Council is offering opportunities to receive or renew Beef Quality Assurance certification in the Super Barn Sales Arena. Today, Associate Farm Editor, Reagan Calk, got the chance to attend the first training and met up with OSU’s Dr. Rosslyn Biggs afterward to talk about the value of BQA training for those in the cattle industry.
Along with other OSU Extension staff, Biggs took part in the BQA presentation.
“Beef Quality Assurance training is really a commitment by all of us in the beef industry to our consumers that we are providing a healthy, welfare-focused product all the way through the system that ends up on their supermarket shelves and on their plates,” Biggs said.
Biggs said the BQA training can also be taken online. The training, she added, is applicable to practical, everyday practices on producer’s farms or ranches.
This summer, Biggs said, producers need to be aware that over-the-counter antibiotics are going to move under veterinary prescriptions according to FDA rules and guidance.
“One of the biggest focuses for me, as a veterinarian, is developing the veterinarian-client-patient relationship and setting forward some goals, creating an operation that can be profitable with herd health focus, with treatment focus and with records that are ready to for both the veterinarian and most importantly, the producer,” Biggs said.
The next BQA training at Cattlemen’s Congress will be held Thursday, January 5, at 10 a.m. in the sale arena outside of the coliseum. Following each training, Biggs said, is a free lunch.
“Registration is free, come bring the family, bring everybody,” Biggs said.
Opportunities for BQA Certification at Cattlemen’s Congress in the Super Barn Sales Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds:
- Tuesday, January 10,2023-BQA with Luncheon 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Special Event-Commercial Cattlemen’s Luncheon January 5, 2023 BQA Training-10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with Free Ticket to Cattlemen’s Luncheon featuring ribeye steak sandwiches with successful completion of BQA certification
To register, click here.