New BQA Videos Available for Cattle Producers, Educators
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The beef checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program recently released two educational videos geared toward cattle producers and quality assurance educators.
The first of the two videos titled “BQA Cattle Handling Tips for Cow/Calf Producers", was created to demonstrate how to handle different types of cattle (bulls, cows, heifers, calves, and pairs) on cow/calf, stocker and seedstock operations. Experts Dr. Ron Gill, Curt Pate, Dr. John Maas, and others take producers though different production settings and the changing cycle of a cattle operation to understand how the handler and the cattle react to these differing situations.
The second of the video series titled “BQA Facilities Design", was created to help farmers, ranchers and cattle feeders of any size operation better understand how to properly design facilities to best suit their needs.
“The BQA program continually strives to help producers better their operations, whether it be with animal care, cattle handling or record-keeping,” says Andy Salinas, cow/calf producer from Marion, Mich., and vice-chair of the industry’s producer education committee. “These instructional videos are just another way to teach producers about best management practices to ensure beef quality and keep consumers putting beef on their dinner tables.”
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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.