Details will be available soon but set aside Sunday December 9th for an afternoon of fun and education. Dr. Stout, of Legends Lane Reproductive Services near Alexandria, is graciously offering his embryo transfer and IVF facility as a location for the Licking County Cattleman’s gathering (with food!) and a Beef Quality Assurance Training Session. The old golf clubhouse can be our meeting room.
We are also working on the details to make this the selection day for the calf raffle winner. If you have not had a chance to purchase tickets contact a board member or call the Extension Office at 740-670-5315 and we will connect you with the right people. A limited number of tickets are available for $20 each and the winner will be able to select between a registered September 2018 Angus heifer calf that is AI bred out of an AI bred dam or $1000 cash. The September age calf was chosen because a youth could show it for 2 years.
You do not need to be a member to participate in the activities but the Licking County Cattleman’s association is always accepting new members and have leadership opportunities available.
Do I need Beef Quality Assurance?
“Consumers are concerned for animal health, and the sustainability of the production systems their food’s raised in.”
That statement is just one of several discussed during the 2018 Ohio Beef School presentations that have caused teaching and certifying Ohio’s cattlemen in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) to become a priority. Adding even more meaning to that statement is the fact that Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25% of the US beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the U.S., have both announced beginning in 2019 cattle they purchase must originate from producers and feedyards who are Beef QualityAssurance certified. Not only are today’s consumers sharing their concerns, but now the businesses who are supplying the public’s demand for a quality beef product raised in a humane and sustainable fashion also want some guarantees that it’s happening throughout the production chain.
In response, Ohio State University Extension is working in cooperation with the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio’s cattle auction markets and collection points to offer Ohio’s cattlemen several opportunities to become Beef Quality Assurance Certified.
There is no charge for the meetings or certification. Please call Dean if you have questions 740-670-5315.
Local opportunities in addition to our December 9th session include:
- November 13th 7 p.m. at Muskingum Livestock Sale Barn.
- December 18th 7 p.m. at Muskingum Livestock Sale Barn.
Use the link below for more statewide opportunities.