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Checkoff Releases BQA Education Series

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Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Beef Checkoff Program recently released the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Education Series in DVD format for state BQA coordinators and trainers. These modules focus on the philosophy that underpins Beef and Dairy Quality Assurance programs, the procedures and protocols that are foundations of effective implementation, and the use of stockmanship in support of BQA.

These educational modules were created to help supplement the online and printed materials currently available to state coordinators and BQA trainers. The 12 modules are designed to support and supplement current BQA curricula targeted to beef and dairy producers and are appropriate for producers, 4-H and youth audiences, and agricultural students at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.   

The specific modules are as follows: 

Topic

Featured specialist/producer

Introduction to BQA Principles

Jason Ahola, PhD

The Role of the Veterinarian

Dee Griffin, DVM and John Maas, DVM

Sanitizing Syringes

Dee Griffin, DVM

Proper Collection and Testing for Residues

Dee Griffin, DVM

Record Keeping

Anne Burkholder, BQA Award Winner

Processing and Use of Animal Health Care Products

Jason Ahola, PhD

Cattle Handling Overview

Curt Pate and Temple Grandin

Dairy Quality Assurance

Noa Roman-Munoz, DVM, Curt Pate, Jim Docheff, BQA Award Winner

Care and Handling Guidelines

Bob Smith, DVM

Dairy Non-ambulatory Management

Noa Roman-Munoz, DVM, Curt Pate

Dairy Euthanasia

Noa Roman-Munoz, DVM, Curt Pate

Beef Non-ambulatory Management and Euthanasia

Bob Smith, DVM

Cattle Handling Tips

Curt Pate

“The effectiveness of these modules will be enhanced if they are integrated with existing state and national materials,” says John Maas, DVM, and chairman of the checkoff’s Joint Producer Education Committee. “We are encouraging all BQA trainers and state staff to become familiar with these educational components in an effort to encourage BQA certification for all producers.”

Visit the website to download the videos or for additional BQA materials.

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The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.
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