This second session of the two part Fairfield County Beef School begins with pre-recorded conversations with:
- Dr. Justin Kieffer, Clinical Veterinarian, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences covering proper health preconditioning programs for feeder calves.
- Dr. Francis Fluharty, Research Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences reviewing nutritional programs for feeder calf preconditioning and backgrounding enterprises
These presentations will be followed by a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) session that will provide all participants with the necessary training to be BQA certified, or re-certified. Maintaining BQA certification requires RE-certifying once every three years.
The significance of maintaining a BQA certification is that beginning next year both Wendy's and Tyson will require the producers who they purchase cattle from are BQA certified. Most industry experts believe this may be only the tip of the iceberg as consumers increasingly demand assurances they are receiving a quality beef product raised in a humane and sustainable fashion.
Learn more about emerging trends surrounding marketing beef cattle, and this year's Beef School entitled “Gaining Greater Market Access for Ohio Feeder Calves” by going here.
This program, as well as part 1 that was held on February 15, is being sponsored by the Fairfield County Cattlemen's Association in cooperation with the Ohio State University Extension Beef Team.