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Cattlemen's Congress to Feature National Beef Quality Assurance Certification

Fri, 10 Dec 2021 23:13:30 CST

Cattlemen's Congress to Feature National Beef Quality Assurance Certification As cattlemen and women gather in Oklahoma City for Cattlemen’s Congress, Jan. 1-16, 2022, to showcase and market their elite cattle genetics, cattle producers also have the opportunity to participate in a unique seminar featuring national beef industry and breed leaders while achieving their Beef Quality Assurance certification.   

The educational event is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds in the Super Barn Sales Arena, and all producers are invited to attend. The BQA certification seminar will include a panel of speakers featuring national breed leadership discussing the importance of quality and marketing for beef producers. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Josh White, executive director of producer education and sustainability at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and will include the following:

· Shane Bedwell - COO and Director of Breed Improvement: American Hereford Association
· Kara Lee - Assistant Director, Producer Engagement: Certified Angus Beef
· Clint Rusk - Executive Vice President: American-International Charolais Association
· Megan Slater - Executive Director: American Gelbvieh Association
· Heather Buckmaster - Executive Director: Oklahoma Beef Council

According to Heather Buckmaster, executive director for the Oklahoma Beef Council, “This is an outstanding opportunity for cattle producers to gain new industry insights, earn their Beef Quality Assurance certification and see some of the best cattle in the nation.”

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster Ron Hays talked with Buckmaster about this unique BQA training event- and you can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

Attendees who complete their BQA certification will receive a meal coupon to the Capital City Café located at the Fairgrounds for use during Cattlemen’s Congress. There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees are asked to RSVP by clicking here- or by calling the Oklahoma Beef Council at 405-840-3777. The seminar is sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff.

BQA is a national program that raises consumer confidence by offering research-based best management techniques and fostering a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. BQA certification is valid for three years. If your last BQA training occurred prior to 2018, your BQA certification could be expired. Beef producers are encouraged to attend to keep their BQA certification current.

For those unable to attend training in person, BQA certification is also available online here.



Ron Hays talks with Heather Buckmaster of the Oklahoma Beef Council About a BQA Event
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