JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Nathan & Chelsey Nelson, of Valley View Farms in neighboring Cattaraugus County are pleased to invite fellow beef producers to their farm for this Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and will share how they manage their Hereford beef herd. They produce all-natural grass fed, grass finished beef, as well as all-natural pork, produce, flowers, pumpkins, vegetables, maple syrup, hay, and eggs, on their third generation 160 acre farm. Nathan & Chelsey market their high quality products at their roadside stand and at a local Farmers Market. They began their beef herd in 2011 with 3 cows, and currently manage a herd of 16 cows, 12 calves & 3 yearlings. The Nelsons look forward to meeting other beef producers who are just beginning or those with many years of experience in the industry, to learn new ideas and information.
This educational program is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus & Chautauqua Counties, Farmland for a New Generation – New York, the New York State Beef Producer’s Association, New York Beef Council, Chautauqua County Beef Producers, and local agricultural businesses.
Program schedule for Saturday, October 12th: Will provide participants new BQA Certification or
Re-certification credits that are required every 3 years.
10 am-Noon: Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) classroom presentation by Shannon Carpenter, Veterinarian, NY Dept. of Ag & Markets at Bingham Hall (behind St John’s Church), 5381 Depot Street, West Valley, NY. (Depot Street is located just off of Route 240)
Noon: Catered Beef Lunch provided
Chute Side BQA Training and Demonstrations to follow lunch at Valley View Farms, Nathan & Chelsey Nelson, 8567 Route 240, Machias, NY. (Less than 3 miles south of the classroom training in West Valley).
- BQA Chute Side Training – Learn about recommended animal handling and the proper use of animal health products with a demonstration and practice of proper sub-cutaneous injections. Katelyn Card, DVM, Jamestown, NY will be assisting with the chute side training.
- Visit with local agribusiness representatives about their products and services
Registration for lunch and the program is required by October 7th by phone or e-mail – payment will be accepted at the program. Program cost: $15 per adult or $8 per youth to cover hall rental, catered lunch and BQA program. Reservations are required by calling Tamara Bacho at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County at 716/699-2377 X 100 or email@example.com. For more information on the BQA training, please contact Lisa Kempisty, Extension Educator at 716-664-9502 Ext 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides science based management practices that enhance carcass quality and safety and improve animal care. BQA works to return more profits to producers and to ensure consumer confidence in the beef supply. The BQA program is funded by the national Beef Checkoff and is producer based, voluntary and locally led. In NYS it is coordinated through a combined effort of the New York Beef Council, Cornell University and the New York Beef Producer’s Association.
All producers are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to producing safe, quality beef for our consumers by becoming a BQA Certified Producer.
The Agriculture Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua) in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County