Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Program Award Winners AnnouncedWed, 01 Aug 2012 14:52:09 CDT
The Oklahoma Beef Council honored two companies and several individuals with awards from the Beef Quality Assurance Program. Funded by the Beef Checkoff, the BQA program promotes good management practices for cattle producers in an effort to strengthen consumer confidence in beef as a wholesome, high quality product. Every year the Oklahoma Beef Council honors those individuals and organizations that have dedicated their time and effort to ensure the success of the Oklahoma BQA.
The 2012 Oklahoma BQA Outstanding Service Award went to Priefert Ranch Equipment and Shawnee Feed, who believe in BQA and have demonstrated it through their financial support. The program continues to gain strength and momentum through industry partners such as these.
The 2012 Oklahoma BQA Outstanding Trainer Award went to Aubie Keesee with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES). Keesee is the Extension educator for Hughes County and is a certified BQA trainer. He has attended numerous BQA trainings and spent countless hours developing Oklahoma's new Youth Beef Quality Assurance (YBQA) program.
A new award was presented this year in recognition of a marketer who is committed to practicing BQA guidelines and promoting them to their clientele. The 2012 Oklahoma BQA Marketer of the Year Award went to Gary and Grady Potter, owners of Blackwell Livestock Auction, Inc. The Potters are devoted individuals who are advocates for BQA and practice it within their business.
Harold and Donna Gillenwaters of Chickasha, were recognized as the 2012 Oklahoma BQA Producer of the Year. Harold only uses low stress cattle handling techniques. In addition, calves are accustomed to feed prior to fence-line weaning to further reduce stress. Calves are then preconditioned for at least 45 days and marketed as age and source verified. He follows a Quality Assurance Herd Health Plan that conforms to the best veterinary and husbandry practices.
For more information about the BQA program, you can click here.
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