Iowa Beef Center and Iowa Beef Industry Council to Host Beef Quality Assurance Sessions Around Iowa

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Beef Center is cooperating with the Iowa Beef Industry Council to host a series of Beef Quality Assurance training and certification sessions across Iowa before the end of 2018. BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.
BQA certification is increasingly being encouraged, and in some cases required, by market outlets for finishing cattle and this trend is expected to increase. BQA is a voluntary program and the Iowa BQA Program is funded by the IBIC and the Beef Checkoff.  The education component is delivered as a joint effort by IBC at Iowa State University and IBIC.
More sessions will be added so check the IBIC website for Iowa BQA Program and other upcoming certification trainings in your area. BQA certification also is offered online at the national level. Learn more about the BQA program and its online certification option.
Chronological schedule of BQA sessions, including time, location, preregistration requirements and specific contact information, follows.
November
Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Country Junction Restaurant, 913 15th Ave., SE, Dyersville
Speakers at 11 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., BQA training at 1:15 p.m.
RSVP by Nov. 12 to Dave Rueber at 563-590-4775 or Patrick Bries at 319-480-9903
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist
 
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Waukon Sales Barn, 1645 Hwy 76, Waukon
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist
 
Nov. 20, 5:30-9 p.m.
American Legion, 121 Bryant St. Walcott
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist
 
Nov. 29, 5:30-9 p.m.
Timber Center, 1005 E. Platt St., Maquoketa
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist
 
December 
Dec. 3, 5:30-9 p.m.
Durant Community Center, 606 5th Ave., Durant
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist
 
Dec. 5, 5:30-9 p.m.
Wolfeys Wapsi Outback, 101 Water St. S, Quasqueton
Meal is at 5:30 p.m.
Please preregister by calling Winthrop Vet Clinic, 319-935-3393
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist
 
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.
Contact:
Dan Loy, IBC director, 515-294-1058, dloy@iastate.edu

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