OSU offers training in Blackwell for cattle producers

by Jordan Green

Oklahoma cattle producers can earn Beef Quality Assurance certifications at two in-person meetings in August, officials with the Oklahoma State University Extension Office in Kay County said in a news release.

“BQA is a nationwide program that raises consumer confidence by offering research-based best management techniques and fostering a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry,” Donald Stotts, a spokesman for OSU’s agricultural communications office, said in a news release.

The certification meetings are sponsored jointly by Oklahoma State University Extension and the Oklahoma Beef Council. The BQA program is administered by the OSU Department of Animal and Food Sciences, part of the university’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, officials said in the news release.

The first meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds in Blackwell. The second meeting will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds in Cherokee. Breakfast refreshments will be provided at the Blackwell event, and a sponsored lunch will be provided at the Cherokee meeting. There is no admission charge at either meeting.

Social distancing measures will be in place at the meetings, officials said.

“We recognize many people are rightfully cautious about getting out and about, but we’re taking steps to ensure minimal possible exposure to the virus,” Shannon Mallory, an agricultural educator with the OSU Extension Office in Kay County, said. “BQA certification is a requirement for producers to participate in Oklahoma Beef Quality Network fall sales, so we’re offering the opportunity for them to get that certification if needed.”

Participants are asked to reserve their seats. To RSVP for the Blackwell meeting, call the Kay County Extension Office at 580-362-3191. Those attending the Cherokee event should call the Alfalfa County Extension Office at 580-596-3131.