What is Beef Quality Assurance? Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a program to ensure that beef and dairy cattle are maintained in a manner, which will result in a safe and wholesome beef product for the consumer. Specifically, BQA is designed to enhance carcass quality by preventing residues, pathogen contamination and carcass defects such as injection site blemishes and bruises. The Ohio BQA program is based on recommended national guidelines and scientific research. The goal of the Ohio BQA is to increase the competitive base for marketing Ohio cattle. This will enable beef producers to enhance their product and maximize marketability. Ohio's BQA Objectives? 1. Set production standards in your operation, which meet or exceed the National Cattlemen's Beef Association BQA guidelines. 2. Provide technical assistance through certified veterinarians, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Beef Council, and Ohio Cattlemen's Association. Visit the Ohio BQA web site at beef.osu.edu/~obqa and test your knowledge. If you receive a 100% on the BQA test, then documentation of attendance will be sent to the Ohio Beef Council and kept on file that you have started the BQA program. If you have questions about how to participate in Ohioís Beef Quality Assurance program, you can access the website beef.osu.edu/~obqa ...More
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE BANKRUPTCY BOOK
We've all heard of Chapter 11 and millions of folks have lived through chapters seven and 13, but where is this bankruptcy book where these chapters come from?
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SOME PENNIES MATTER MORE
It makes little sense to trip over the proverbial dollar in search of the odd penny that can be saved. It's just as defeating to ignore pools of copper that can be had for the investment of a few dollars.
PRODUCERS USE SEVERAL EFFICIENCY MEASURES TO MANAGE BEEF HERDS
Cow-calf producers use a variety of efficiency measures to help manage production systems. Many of these are technical efficiencies that capture physical measures of output and input use and range from very specific measures to more broad-based values that incorporate a range of production components.
UT BEEF SPECIALIST ANSWERS QUESTIONS
Beef producers ask experts lots of questions designed to improve production, so to help them start 2018 with the best practices, University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Smith answers the four most frequently asked questions of 2017.
GOALS SET FOR TAMU ANIMAL SCIENCE BEEF PROGRAMS
Over the past decade, dramatic weather changes such as drought and parasites have created a set of new challenges for Texas beef cattle producers.
CASTRATION CAN BE A USEFUL MANAGEMENT TOOL
Do you castrate your bulls? In 2006, Oklahoma State University research estimated that more than 17,000,000 bulls between one day and one year of age are castrated in the United States.
BEWARE OF MINERAL DEFICIENCIES DURING WINTER MONTHS
Winter months remind us of possible nutritional concerns cattle can face. There are several nutrients that may become deficient in cattle diets, however this first in a series highlighting some more common mineral deficiencies and toxicities seen in Alabama cows will cover selenium associated problems.
WATER QUALITY IMPORTANT TO GOOD HEALTH OF HERD
The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis.
BONES BREAKS IN CALVES REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
Occasionally cattle suffer fractures, and it's generally a leg bone. Often it's a young or newborn calf, and the fractured limb should be cast or splinted.
IT'S THE PITTS -- IF BUTT FOR A NAME
There's a fad occurring in the western world that I'd like to encourage. Ranch people are naming their kids rodeo-inspired words.
MAKE PLANS FOR STRATEGIC FLY CONTROL IN CATTLE HERD
Every cattle farm has flies and are considered a nuisance. However, fly infestation reduces performance and certain flies are responsible for spreading diseases such as pink eye and potentially anaplasmosis.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- FAKED OUT - PART 2
Hooter couldn't remember the last time the inside of a crew cab felt so good. His partial round of miniature golf with Myronjust Myronon a blustery West Texas morning left his hands beyond numb. He knew they'd sting like blazes when they started to thaw.
HEREFORD AND RED ANGUS FORM PARTNERSHIP
Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the "Premium Red Baldy" program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females.
SURVEY SHOWS GROWING APPROVAL OF CHECKOFF
An independent survey of beef producers found 74 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program; this finding is five percent higher than the survey a year ago.
BRANGUS ASSOCIATION HOSTS INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) International Committee hosted guests from Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua for an International Brangus Seminar Nov. 26-28 at IBBA headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.
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