Fall Cattle Management School is being offered by OSU Extension

CADIZ — Join Ohio State University Extension Oct. 26 and 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the fall Cattle Management School.

The cost of each session is $10 per person, and anyone ages 12 and younger may attend at no cost. A boxed meal will be provided as part of the registration fee. Local health department guidance given at the time of these sessions will be followed.

The first session of the Cattle Management School on Oct. 26 will cover preconditioning programs and co-op models for cattle. Guest speakers include Garth Ruff, beef cattle field specialist, OSU Extension and Hannah Scott, program manager, CFAES Center for Cooperatives OSU South Centers.

The session will be held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds commercial building, 550 Grant St., Cadiz. Pre-registration is required at go.osu.edu/cmsmarketing.

Small-scale cattle operations sometimes struggle to market their livestock at prices high enough to recover costs, a spokesperson explained. Preconditioning programs and co-ops provide opportunities for local producers to pool cattle and add value. Preconditioning refers to management practices implemented around weaning that focus on improving immune system function and nutritional status of calves to reduce risk of sickness and mortality. Co-ops can help producers better market and process livestock.

The second session on Oct. 28 will be centered on BQA certification. Anyone needing to become certified or recertified for is encouraged to attend.

“Consumers are concerned for animal health, and the sustainability of the production systems their food’s raised in.” This statement is just one of several that has led to teaching and certifying Ohio’s cattlemen in Beef Quality Assurance to become a priority. Adding even more meaning to that statement, the spokesperson continued is the fact that Tyson Foods, which harvests and processes 25 percent of the U.S. beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast-food hamburger chain in the United States, have announced beginning in 2019 cattle they purchase must originate from producers and feedyards who are 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,” the spokesperson noted.

In response, OSU 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 BQA certified. This session will be held at the Ohio Valley Towers Building, second-floor conference room, 500 Market St., Steubenville. Pre-registration is required at go.osu.edu/21fallbqa. Visit www.bqa.org to get BQA certified online. Online training consists of a series of lessons and quizzes to become certified. Training will take two hours.

Questions can be directed to Erika Lyon, OSU Extension, at (740) 461-6136 or e-mail lyon.194@osu.edu.


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