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Upcoming beef quality assurance training program

By Sam Groce
Posted Sunday, March 7, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Many of you will remember during 1997-98 there was the initiative called the North Carolina Certified Beef Producer Program also called Southeast Pride, which encouraged producers to not only vaccinate and more actively manage their animals, but also the proper methods for doing this. Unfortunately, this program never really got off the ground the way that the organizers had hoped it would have.

As a part of a national initiative North Carolina has decided to revive this program, but with not only a new name, but new information and new practices, partly brought on from the foreign animal disease threats that we now face and the changing global markets in the beef industry. The North Carolina Beef Quality Assurance Program is a voluntary program designed to certify producers about those issues surrounding production and marketing that are vital in today's markets. As far as I know this program will continue to be a voluntary program, however, in the near future there will probably be some special sales that require certification to participate in those sales and other markets will become available to those producers who are certified. The new training program will not only allow you to earn your certification, but will also provide you with some excellent resource materials to use in your operation.

There will be North Carolina Beef Quality Assurance Program training held in Chatham County on Tuesday March 23, 2010, at Carolina Stockyards, Inc. in Siler City. The training program will last for 2 hours. Following the training producers who wish to be certified will be required to take a 20 question test from material covered in the training. Producers will be required to pass the test with a minimum of 80%. The cost of membership in the program will be $15 for a three year period of time if you are a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association. If you are not a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association the cost of membership in the BQA program will be $40. Every three years a certified member of the BQA program will be required to take a recertification training to keep their membership active.

The Tuesday March 23, 2010, training at Carolina Stockyards, Inc. in Siler City will begin at 6:45 p.m. Training should end by 9:15 p.m. Preregistration required by Friday March 19, 2010. In order to have the training materials on hand that is needed, please call the Chatham County Center at 919.542.8202 or e-mail jane_tripp@ncsu.edu. We are tentatively planning a Value-added, Beef Quality Assurance Graded Feeder Calf Sale for Carolina Stockyards on September 1, 2010. Even though this program is completely voluntary, to participate in the Value-added BQA sales you will need to be certified producer.

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran's status. In addition, the two Universities welcome all person without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Carolyn Langley, Interim County Extension Director, at (919)542-8202 or carolyn_langley@ncsu.edu, or in person at the County Extension Office at least 5 days prior to the event.

 
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