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BQA Transportation Certification in Mitchell July 20
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/22/2018

SDSU Extension will host a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) Certification in Mitchell at Mitchell Technical Institute Nordby Trades Center, (1800 E. Spruce St.) July 20 beginning at 10 a.m. (CST). The certification runs until 2 p.m.

Currently, major packers are requiring haulers to get BQAT certification. All cattle haulers will be required to have BQA Transportation certification prior to January 1, 2020. BQA certification will be required for cattlemen prior to January 1, 2019 as packers move towards sourcing BQA certified beef.

By participating in this certification course, producers and haulers will receive the required BQA Transportation and BQA certification.

To help cover costs, this certification training is $35 per person and includes lunch. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration will guarantee training materials are available and for meal planning. The registration fee for this in-person BQA/BQAT training has been reduced thanks to funds from National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Cargill.

Pre-registration is requested by July 16, 2018. To pre-register contact, Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator at 605-688-6623.

If you are unable to attend this in-person training, you can become BQA or BQAT certified online for no cost.

Another BQA Transportation training will be July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Luverne, Minn. To learn more about this event, contact Ashley Kohls, Minnesota BQA Coordinator, at 612-618-6619.

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