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. Below are some local BQA scheduled programs. You may attend Ohio certification training in any county hosting the program with Ohio certified instructors.

5/21/18 Producers Livestock, Caldwell 6:00-8:00 p.m.

6/14/18 Mid-East Career Center 6:00-8:00 p.m.

7/26/18 Barnesville Library Annex 6:00-8:00 p.m.

10/2/18 Eastern Ag Research Farm (part of Beef School)

Registration required. Contact the local Extension Office at 740-489-5300 to register. There is no cost for the classes listed above.

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