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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

YQCAThe BQA program, as a part of ongoing efforts to reach a broader audience of beef producer, is supporting a multispecies youth quality assurance training platform: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The checkoff-funded BQA program was involved in creating the training curriculum and content during the development phase, and now supports the program through its online and in-person training components. 

The curriculum is designed for youth ages 8 to 21 who raise livestock. Key quality assurance standards and guidelines are touched on through interactive online training activities and in-person, hands-on trainings. Fairs and shows across the country are expressing support for the platform as they find many of their youth exhibitors showing animals across multiple species. 

BQA Partners on Training Program

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, in partnership with the National Dairy FARM Program, announced the release of a stockmanship training video as part of the ongoing collaboration between both programs. The 27-minute video is divided into several chapters, including “Point of Balance,” “Understanding the Flight Zone” and “Utilizing Tools to Effectively Move Cattle.” Each segment contains reminder points and multiple-choice questions to test viewers on the content. The video can serve as a training resource to satisfy the FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 requirement for annual employee training. The video, directed by Dr. Robert Hagevoort of New Mexico State and the U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium is available on the FARM Program website and YouTube page in both English and Spanish.

Beef Checkoff Additional Resources:

The beef production story is told through FactsAboutBeef.com, a site which offers information, photos, graphics, facts and figures, personal accounts and other resources that combine to tell the story of how beef gets from producers pastures to consumers’ plates.

Foodservice professionals, including those in school foodservice, can go to www.beeffoodservice.org for with information about beef safety, cuts, facts and trends, as well as recipes and training materials.

Professionals in foodservice, retail and manufacturing industries can go to www.beefinnovationsgroup.com to find beef product ideas and tools to make new products successful in the market.

Beef retailers can turn to www.beefretail.org for beef cut and product information, marketing research, and tips, instruction and tools for merchandising beef.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is a misunderstood but potentially serious animal disease. For the most accurate information, turn to www.bseinfo.org, an informational site housing current information regarding for consumers, producers and beef industry representatives.

To address the nutrition and health challenges facing today’s youth and addressing beef nutrition with a focus on the classroom, www.school-wellness.org provides a resource for a variety of tools to help teachers, school-wellness leaders, health professionals and families; it also serves as a resource for teachers with a large selection of free posters, brochures, and teaching kits about beef and human nutrition.


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