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Beef Quality Assurance Meetings Set

Complete pasture to plate management becoming more important.

Animal and range science experts will host two presentations on the South Dakota Beef Quality Assurance Program Sept. 22 in Mobridge and Sept. 23 in Dupree.

The Mobridge event begins at 6:30 p.m. Central time at the Dacotah Bank community room, 320 N. Main St. The event in Dupree begins at 1:30 p.m. Mountain time at Harry's Hall, located on Main Street.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, the Oahe Veterinary Clinic, the Faith Veterinary Service, and the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association are sponsoring and hosting the events.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Livestock educator Maurice Lemke will discuss beef quality and stress the idea that producers are not only ranchers, but also food producers. He will discuss previous quality audits and goals for the next two years.

"Monitoring the total management picture, from pasture to plate, continues to grow in importance," said Lemke. "These meetings will give us a chance to address record-keeping methods and bio-security, along with many other topics."

Veterinarians at the presentations will address Phase II Beef Quality Assurance Program elements including protocols of ranch health herd plans.

Lemke said the veterinary staff present will share information on standards, medications and pharmaceuticals, and other topics. "These meetings are a good opportunity for producers to join the program, but they also allow those already involved to get more insight on what things they need to consider in the future," he said.

Producers new to the South Dakota BQA Program pay a $25 fee to subscribe to the program, and that includes training materials. Producers renewing pay $10. The fee assures a three-year participation in the program.

For more information on the program and its other events, visit www.sdbqa.com, or e-mail bqa@sdcattlemen.org.  

Source: AgBio Communications

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