Beef Quality Assurance training offered in Hardin County

HARDIN COUNTY – Beef cattle producers who need to certify or recertify to sell cattle at auctions and other markets are invited to the Ohio State University Extension office located at 1021 W. Lima Street in Kenton on Tuesday, May 31 from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Many of the major beef processors, auctions, and other markets began requiring producers to have a BQA certificate at the beginning of 2019. Beef Quality Assurance certification is valid for a period of three years. Several local producers need to recertify in addition to any cattle producers who need to gain BQA certification for the first time.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle. BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. Training enhances herd profitability through better management.

Ohio State University Extension, in cooperation with the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and Ohio’s cattle auction markets, is working to offer Ohio’s cattle producers several opportunities to become Beef Quality Assurance Certified. Certification can also take place online at https://www.bqa.org. Register for this Kenton training at https://go.osu.edu/HardinBQA or call 419-674-2297. Registration is required and space is limited for this local, no cost, in-person training that is good for both initial BQA certification or recertification.

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