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Online Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled

Producers only need to attend one of these free workshops to receive a three-year BQA certification.

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SLAYTON — University of Minnesota Extension, along with Minnesota Beef Council, will host several online Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply (SBS) training sessions through June.

Producers only need to attend one of these free workshops to receive a three-year BQA certification, and they will also learn the steps needed to begin their own Secure Beef Supply plan.

BQA certification, while voluntary for producers, is required by many major industry buyers and processors. Producers without current BQA certification may not be able to sell their stock to packers or feedlots because cattle cannot be sourced from a producer who does not meet their certification requirements.

Pre-registration is required to join the secure Zoom link for the free, two-hour training and certification session. Only one person from each operation must be certified to ensure the entire operation follows the BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified.

Upcoming sessions and registration links are as follows:

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  • 6:30 p.m. April 20: z.umn.edu/BQAApril20

  • 6:30 p.m. May 6: z.umn.edu/BQAMay6

  • 6:30 p.m. May 18: z.umn.edu/BQAMay18

  • 6:30 p.m. June 3: z.umn.edu/BQAJune3

If there are any questions regarding certification or how to pre-register, contact Stacey Caughey at butle269@umn.edu.
Those unable to attend a scheduled Zoom session can also earn free certification online, anytime, at BQA.org.

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