LEWIS, Iowa — Producers and haulers who need to renew or obtain their certification in Beef Quality Assurance or Beef Quality Assurance Transportation can preregister now for in-person trainings for both programs to be held in southwest Iowa.
Offered by the Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the sessions are set for Nov. 29 in Oakland and Dec. 6 in Clarinda. ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Erika Lundy-Woolfolk is organizing the sessions and said both are provided at no cost.
"BQA certification in necessary for anyone who markets fed cattle to major packers, and BQAT certification is necessary for custom haulers or producers delivering fed cattle to certain packing plants," Lundy-Woolfolk said. "For cattlemen who market fed cattle and deliver their own cattle to the packing plant, both BQA and BQAT certifications may be necessary, depending on the packer."
The Nov. 29 location is at the Oakland Community Center, 614 Drive, Van Zee Road. The BQA session will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and the BQAT session from 2:30-4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to preregister by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach East Pottawattamie County office at 712-482-6449 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dec. 6 location is at the Wibholm Hall, 200 S. 6th St., Clarinda. The BQA session will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and the BQAT session from 7:45-9:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to preregister by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Page County office at 712-542-5171 or emailing email@example.com. A free meal will be served at 7:30 p.m. thanks to sponsorship from Page County Cattlemen.
"At both locations, participants are welcome to attend either the regular BQA or BQA Transportation session, or both sessions, depending on their needs," Lundy-Woolfolk said. "For those unable to attend a training in person, BQA and BQAT are available online at www.bqa.org."