Farm Talk

October 15, 2013

Beef quality training planned throughout Mo.


Parsons, Kansas — The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA), on behalf of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, is offering 15 on-site training seminars for Missouri cattlemen through the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. BQA is a national program that provides guidelines for humane and safe beef cattle production. MCA President Chuck Massengill says that by becoming BQA certified, a producer will gain insight of industry practices that will improve herd health and, ultimately, increase profitability.  

"Producers are always seeking new ways to make their operation more efficient," says Massengill. "By attending, cattlemen are choosing to learn up-to-date information and management practices that are encouraged by industry professionals."

Dates and locations of the 15 sessions are:

Oct. 21 - MoKan Livestock, Passaic; 9:00 a.m.

Oct. 21 - Masonic Lodge Building, Hermitage; 6:00 p.m.

Oct. 22 - Howell-Oregon Electric Building, South Central; 9:00 a.m.

Nov. 11 - Nodaway County; To Be Announced

Nov. 11 - Prudential Real Estate Office, Cameron; 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 12 - Lafayette Extension Office, Higginsville; 9:00 a.m.

Nov. 12 - FCS Financial, Sedalia; 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 13 - Moniteau County; To Be Announced

Nov. 13 - MU Beef Farm, Columbia; 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 14 - Callaway-Montgomery Counties, To Be Announced

Dec. 16 - South East Missouri - To Be Announced

Jan. 2 - MCA Convention and Trade Show, Tan-Tar-A Resort; 10:00 a.m.

Jan. 13 - Lewis and Marion Counties, To Be Announced

Jan. 14 - Putnam County, To Be Announced

Jan. 14 - Clark County, To Be Announced

Through the use of science, research and education, the BQA program has identified production practices producers can implement each day. University of Missouri Extension Veterinary Medicine Specialist Craig Payne will lead the program. Payne says this is a great chance for cattlemen to learn the best management practices.

"BQA training is not only beneficial for the producer, but the industry," says Payne. "The sessions give producers tools so they may continue to produce healthy beef, while improving the beef industry as a whole."

For more information contact MCA Director of Membership Katie Steen at 573-499-9162 or katies £