Beef Quality Assurance

  • Monday, October 2, 2017, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

October is Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Month! According to www.bqa.org, Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to US beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.

Farmers are invited to attend a free Beef Quality Assurance workshop on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This regional program, offered in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties, will be held at Watswyck Farm on 60 Sinsbaugh Road in Pine Bush. Lunch is provided, sponsored by New York Beef Council.

Dr. Michael Baker, Extension beef specialist of Cornell University, presents the many benefits of BQA including learning best management practices that ensure production of a safe, wholesome food product. Many of these practices can improve the productivity and profitability of a beef cattle farm, regardless of the size or intended markets for cattle. The goal of this program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products. Many beef cattle buyers, feeders, packers, and retail outlets are requiring that the beef they purchase be produced by BQA certified cattle producers. The workshops are appropriate for those who have never attended a Beef Quality Assurance training before as well as for those who need renewal credits.

BQA Objectives

  • Set production standards in your operation that can be met or exceeded.
  • Establish systems for data retention and record keeping, which will allow validation of management activities and fulfill program goals.
  • Provide hands-on training and education for participants to meet or exceed the guidelines of the BQA program and to realize the benefits of such programs.
  • Provide technical assistance through: state cattlemen's associations, BQA certified veterinarians, and BQA certified university extension staff. These individuals will be available for on-site assistance if desired.

This workshop is free to the public, sponsored by New York Beef Producer Association. 

Space is limited for this free program and registration is required before September 29 by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or using the link located on the left sidebar of this page. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

In the event of special needs, contact CCESC at 845-292-6180. 


FREE with pre-registration

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Beth Johnston-Groth
Administrative Assistant II
(845) 292-6180 Ext. 100


Watswyck Farm
60 Sinsbaugh Road
Pine Bush, NY 12566