Curt Pate cattle handling seminars, Sept. 14-18
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Programs in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota will host a series of Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminars featuring Stockmanship Expert, Curt Pate the week of Sept.14-18, 2015.
“These seminars on effective stockmanship and handling techniques provide cattlemen with the tools to produce safe, healthy, and wholesome beef,” said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate.
The BQA Program is the industry’s gold standard of livestock handling and animal well-being programs to demonstrate producer commitment to continually improve sound production practices that promote domestic and global beef demand.
“Implementing low-stress cattle handling techniques is not only beneficial for animal well-being, but also increases the quality of beef we produce on our family farms and reduces the human safety risk when working with livestock,” said Ashley Kohls, Midwest Beef Quality Assurance Program Coordinator.
Low stress handling techniques can help reduce incidence of carcass bruising, and improve both cattle well-being and handling time efficiency.
These seminars also fulfill employee training requirements for the F.A.R.M. and BQA Programs.
Times and locations
The cattle handling seminars will be held at the following locations:
Sept. 14: 9 – 11:30 a.m., Chandler City Park, (Dave & Tim Holm Farm) in Chandler, Minn.; Lunch will be provided by Zoetis
Sept. 14: 1-3 p.m., Turner County Dairy, (27167 458th Ave) Parker, S.D.
Sept. 15: 9-11:30 a.m., Jay & Peter Bakken Feedlot (272 121st St) Garretson, S.D.; Lunch is provided by Zoetis
Sept. 15: 1- 2:30 p.m., SDSU Dairy, (3219 Medary Ave) Brookings, S.D.
Sept. 15: 3-4:30 p.m., SDSU Animal Science Arena, Brookings, S.D.
Sept. 16: 1-3 p.m., Moes Feedlot, (16319 445th Ave) Florence, S.D.
Sept. 17: 6-8 p.m., North Dakota State University, Sheppard Arena, (1350 Albrecht Blvd) Fargo, N.D.
Sept. 18: 10 a.m.- Noon, Entzminger & Sons Dairy, (7750 45th St SE) Jamestown, N.D.
Sept. 18: 2- 4 p.m., Van Bedaf Dairy, (6959 2nd St NE) Carrington, N.D.
Each session with include cattle handling basics and handling demonstrations presented by Mr. Pate. A chute side implant demonstration by Zoetis will be performed at the feedlot locations, and a MN BQA Certification class will be conducted at the Chandler City Park and Bakken Feedyard locations. The State BQA Coordinators will be available at all locations to discuss future opportunities for producers to receive their BQA Certification or Re-certification.
Sponsors of these cattle handling seminars include the Midwest Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Center, Minnesota Beef Council, North Dakota Extension Service, South Dakota Beef Industry Council, SDSU Extension and Zoetis.
Pre-register for free event
Beef and Dairy producers and industry representatives may attend any of the available sessions. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged.
To pre-register, or to learn more about South Dakota BQA, contact your state BQA Coordinator: Tracey Walsh (South Dakota), 605-222-4054; Ashley Kohls (Minnesota), 612-618-6619; or Lisa Pederson (North Dakota), 701-226-3733.
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