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Register by Aug. 1 for BQA Training at Empire Farm Days
New York Ag Connection - 07/10/2019

Aug. 1 is the deadline for registering for the Tuesday-only Aug. 6 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training that will be offered from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at Empire Farm Days. The training includes chuteside and classroom sessions, and qualifies for the BQA Recertification that is required every three years. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per farm and includes Beef BBQ. Those interested in participating must pre-register with Mike Baker, Cornell University Beef Extension Specialist, at mjb28@cornell.edu or 607-227-6320.

BQA does more than just help beef producers capture value from their market cattle. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. BQA reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry.

Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality, safeguards the public image of the dairy industry, upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products, protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation, improves sale value of marketed beef cattle, and enhances herd profitability through better management.

The New York Beef Producers Association exhibits will have a new location under a hoof house at the August 6-8, 2019 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls. The exhibit include live beef breeds, information displays, and Q and A with NY beef producers.

Daily NY beef programming at the show includes the always-popular live cattle-handling demonstrations, happening at 10 am with Dr. Mike Baker and fencing industry representatives.

New for 2019 is a truck and trailer inspection demonstration titled "Are You Ready?" Daily at 12:00 pm, New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) personnel will use a truck and cattle trailer setup from Erwindale Farms to illustrate what to expect of a DOT inspection.

Empire Farm Days is the annual agricultural and rural living showcase held each August at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. Find more details at www.empirefarmdays.com.

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