Submitted by Brandy Brabham
WVU Extension Agent-Roane County

The West Virginia University Extension Service has scheduled a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) workshop on Monday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Roane County High School Barn.

Organizers said BQA is a national certification program that strives to raise consumer confidence through offering producers management education and guidelines for the beef industry. The workshop seeks to offer insight into BQA standards for animal care and health and spring vaccinations.

"Dr. Darin Matlick, WVU Extension Veterinarian will brief participants on the importance of proper injection techniques and product handling and storage, as well as livestock manipulation and transportation," says Brandy Brabham, local WVU-Roane County Agricultural Extension Agent.

Beef quality assurance training is delivered in two phases, with phase I consisting of classroom instruction and phase II consisting of hands-on activities. Recertification is required every two years. According to Brabham, many beef producers in our area have participated in both phases of the BQA certification program and are in need of recertification. However, if other producers are interested in BQA, they may attend this workshop and receive Phase II credit and schedule a Phase I training with the local WVU Extension Service.

The values and fundamentals imparted by the BQA certification program is aimed at maximizing consumer confidence and acceptance of beef and beef products. Brabham notes this as especially important considering all the mis-information in the media about 'pink slime' and the beef industry. BQA training helps to ensure a wholesome product for consumers. She adds, "It's vital that we continue to produce the world's safest and highest-quality beef for consumers nationally and overseas."

There's no charge for the workshop, but pre-registration is requested by Monday, April 2 prior to 4 p.m. To do so or learn more, contact WVU-Roane County Extension office at (304) 927-0975. Brabham said attendees may also just show up on April 2 if they're unable to make the prior arrangements.

The Roane County High School Barn is located on Lick Fork Road off Rt. 119 South from Spencer, just prior to the high school's main entrance.

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