Get BQA Certified for Free From Boehringer IngelheimTue, 07 Oct 2014 10:42:43 CDT
For the rest of the month of October Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica has stepped up and is paying your registration fee for Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification. Oklahoma Beef Council Executive Director Heather Buckmaster said she is excited that this will give more cattle producers the opportunity, perhaps the incentive go on and get BQA certified.
"Absolutely, we know that there is a group of producers that want go to a meeting, want to get their education," Buckmaster said. "There is another group would rather go and do it in their own convenience on-line, so for the third time in a row, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica is supporting a checkoff funded beef quality assurance program by sponsoring all on-line certifications this fall for producers who enroll from September 1 through October 31st."
"Essentially what they are doing is they are picking up the $25 - $50 tab, a certification fee for beef and dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified and we encourage everybody to take advantage of this," she said.
Farm Director Ron Hays of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network interviewed Buckmaster about BQA certification on today's beef buzz. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's feature.
When BQA first started out it was a one-size fits all type program. Today there is specialization for each specific area of the cattle business. Buckmaster said BQA certification modules are customized to meet the needs of the specific producer whether they are a cow-calf producer, stocker-backgrounder, a feedyard operator or a dairy producer.
"I think it's very important that we are able to provide that information that is really relevant to that particular producer as far as producing safe wholesome beef," Buckmaster said.
Buckmaster said today more than ever our customers and our consumers are asking more questions about how the beef they feed their family was raised. That further reinforces the need for producers to become BQA certified.
"So this give us a wonderful opportunity to be able to document the education and the learning of the producers that we have here in Oklahoma," Buckmaster said.
Buckmaster said the BQA program is important to the cattle industry because it gives producers a set of best management practices producing a safe, high quality beef product and most importantly it allows us to document that training.
Find more information on becoming BQA certified free of charge by clicking here.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
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