HARDIN COUNTY – Beef cattle producers who need to certify or recertify to sell cattle at auction and other markets are invited to the Ohio State University Extension Office located at 1021 W. Lima Street in Kenton on Tuesday, May 31 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.: 30 p.m.
Many of the major beef processors, auctions and other markets began requiring producers to have a BQA certificate in early 2019. The beef quality assurance certification is valid for a period of three years. Several local producers must recertify in addition to all cattle producers who must obtain BQA certification for the first time.
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) does more than help beef producers get more value from their market cattle. BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. Training improves herd profitability through better management.
Ohio State University Extension, in cooperation with the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, and the Ohio Cattle Auction Markets, strives to provide multiple opportunities for Ohio cattlemen to obtain Beef Quality Assurance certification. Certification can also take place online at https://www.bqa.org. Register for this Kenton training at https://go.osu.edu/HardinBQA or call 419-674-2297. Registration is required and places are limited for this free local in-person training which is suitable for both initial BQA certification or recertification.