April 12, 2018 - 2:59pm -- bodner.1

End users of beef products are now starting to require producers of that beef to have Beef Quality Assurance Training. Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25% of the US beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the U.S., have both announced beginning in 2019 cattle they purchase must originate from producers and feedyards who are Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified. Not only are today’s consumers sharing their concerns, but now the businesses who are supplying the public’s demand for a quality beef product raised in a humane and sustainable fashion also want some guarantees that it’s happening throughout the production chain.

In response, Ohio State University Extension is working in cooperation with the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio’s cattle auction markets and collection points to offer Ohio’s cattlemen several opportunities to become Beef Quality Assurance Certified. Currently, not all markets require this certification. However, in anticipation of increased market request of such training we are and will continue to provide training opportunities. Currently, once you attend a training session your certification would be good for three years. Once you receive BQA It is up to you to share that certification confirmation with your local stockyard or cattle buyer. A data base of certified producers will be housed at the State Beef Council and maintained by the state BQA coordinator. You may attend Ohio certification training in any county hosting the program. Below are several upcoming fall BQA trainings. 

October 22, 2018 - Coshocton County. Frontier Power Community Room #770, S. 2nd St., Coshocton 7:00-9:00 p.m. Call 740-622-2265 to register.

October 30, 2018 – Washington County. Marietta High School, 208 Davis Ave. 6:30 p.m. Call 740-376-7431 to register.
 
November 13, 2018 – Muskingum County. Muskingum Livestock Sale Barn. 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration required for this class.
 
December 18, 2018 – Muskingum County. Muskingum Livestock Sale Barn. 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration required for this class.
 
December 13, 2018 – Noble County. OSU Extension Regional Office, 16714 Wolf Run Road, Caldwell. 6:00 p.m. Call 740-732-5681 to register.
 
Online Certification  (another option)– Visit website at: www.bqa.org and follow the steps for online certification. You will be required to complete a series of lessons followed by a quiz to complete the certification. Once completed, you will receive your certification.

by Clif Little, OSU Extension Ag Natural Resource Educator, Guernsey County