Beef Quality Assurance Training in Ontario County

Chrissy Claudio | July 20, 2022

Beef Quality Assurance Training in Ontario County   Beef and dairy producers are invited to participate in an in-person training to receive their Beef Quality Assurance certification or recertification. The training will be held on Wednesday, July 27th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Ontario County Fair! Join us at the Carriage Barn Event Center located at 2820 Co Rd 10, Canandaigua N.Y. Producers attending the classroom training will become Level 1 certified after the training.   

Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock Specialist from the NWNY Regional team, will present the latest on the New York BQA program and certify producers in BQA. The BQA program educates beef producers on animal health best management practices, proper stockmanship, and proper animal welfare guidelines. Beef cattle producers who are committed to producing a quality, wholesome and safe beef product for consumers are encouraged to attend to stay up to date on BQA practices.   

Topics covered during the certification process include handling and using health care products, safe animal handling, animal welfare, and record keeping. There is a cost associated with parking at the Ontario County Fair. Parking fee: $10 per car, $5 single occupancy, motorcycles, and walk-ins. Registration for the BQA event is $5 per farm. To register for the event, visit https://nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1905 or email Nancy Glazier at (585) 315-7746 or [email protected] Registration is required by July 25th, 2022. A meal will be provided at no cost to producers thanks to Coryn Red Cattle Company.   

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a voluntary program focused on training cattle producers in management practices supported by the Beef Checkoff. The training is based on national guidelines and scientific research to enhance carcass quality and safety, thereby protecting consumer confidence in our beef supply.    

In-person BQA certification courses are limited in NY and more dates will continue to be advertised as scheduled. However, an online version for certification is available at www.bqa.org, and recertification requirements can be found by visiting https://bit.ly/3RDz9sr The New York BQA program is coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension and is funded in part by the New York Beef Council and the Beef Checkoff.