Free Beef Quality Assurance Training – The Mountaineer Echo


Marion County Extension to Offer Free Beef Quality Assurance Training


Eros, AR — Local farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers who wish to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified or renew certification will have the opportunity to receive the required training August 14th.


The free training will be held at Eros Community Building, 4700 AR-125, Everton, AR 72633 on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


Arkansas BQA programming focuses on educating and training beef producers and veterinarians on the issues in cattle food safety and quality.  Instruction is based on information gained by the National Cattlemen’s Association and includes common sense management techniques along with accepted scientific knowledge on how to raise cattle under optimum herd health management and handling conditions. Once BQA certified, producers are equipped with knowledge that will help them obtain the goal of producing a safe and wholesome product.


A state and national BQA number will be issued for the producer. Producer information will be entered into the National BQA database. To remain current, producers must re-certify every 3 years.


Information on the new Natural State Preconditioned Calf Program, GoGreen, will also be presented. The program was created to highlight calves that qualify for best management practices from weaning to marketing.  Qualifying calves display a GoGREEN Natural State Precon Calf tag at time of sale.


The BQA program is supported by the check-off dollars provided by the Arkansas Beef Council. For more information, contact Marion County Extension Agent Brian See at 870-449-6349 or Searcy County Extension Agent Skip Armes at 870-448-3981. Information is also available at


All meetings and activities are open to all persons interested without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and we are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc) should notify the County Extension office at 870-449-6349 as soon as possible prior to the activity.


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