LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Beef Network and University of Kentucky are pleased to announce that the Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association and the Kentucky Beef Council will be sponsoring the enrollment costs for Beef Quality and Care Assurance (BQCA) certification.
The Kentucky BQCA program takes national BQA practices one step further to provide a holistic program for Kentucky producers, by adding cattle handling and animal care component to the training models. Educational modules provide the best management practices for handling cattle and providing for their well-being, in addition to training on the core principles of BQA.
The cost of BQCA enrollment is normally $5, however from March 1- December 31, 2021, the Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association and the Kentucky Beef Council will be sponsoring the enrollment costs, making it free for producers.
Nathan Lawson, Director of the Kentucky Beef Council commented, “We are happy to invest State Checkoff funds to support enrollments in the BQCA certification program. This effort is an excellent example of the good we can accomplish for our beef community, as we work together from pasture to plate!”
“We are proud to be a part of giving back to our customers and helping them improve our beef product, continuing the success and progress made through the BQCA program is vital to the future of the entire industry,” stated Jim Akers, Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association President.
Producers interested in taking advantage of this opportunity can visit www.kybeefnetwork.com for access to the online training platform or contact their county extension office for training opportunities.
“We are very excited for this partnership for our Kentucky cattlemen to continue to tell their story to consumers through sound management practices,” says Kevin Laurent University of Kentucky Co-BQCA Coordinator.
The Kentucky Beef Network and University of Kentucky merged their Cattle Handling and Care Program with the National BQA program to create a new program, aptly named the Beef Quality and Care Assurance (BQCA) program.
This program was implemented to raise awareness of practices that ensure the proper handling and welfare of cattle while keeping farmers safe and continuing to supply healthy beef to consumers. In turn, this program enables beef and dairy producers to enhance their product, maximize marketability and strengthen consumer confidence.
Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association has member livestock markets throughout Kentucky dedicated to supporting, representing, and communication with and for the livestock marketing sector.
The State Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of a referendum in 2015. The Checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic to be used for education, research, market development, global marketing, and promotional projects.
— Kentucky Beef Network via Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
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