South Dakota Certified program continues to evolve
PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) recently announced changes in the South Dakota Certified Enrolled™ Cattle program.
The program was initially developed to ensure a quality live cattle source for South Dakota Certified™ Beef. However, it is apparent that the state’s enrolled cattle program has value on a much broader scale for other age- and source-verified beef programs.
The South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle program Web site, http://www.sdcec.sd.gov, was recently updated. The Web site can be used by current South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle producers as well as those looking for more information on the program and producers who wish to re-enroll in the program.
Prior to submitting an application for participation in the South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle program, producers must first have a South Dakota Beef Quality Assurance/Critical Management Plan (BQA/CMP) certification. BQA training will be held during the Ag Exchange in Pierre on June 28-29 and during DakotaFest in Mitchell on Aug. 21-23.
SDDA has contracted Viewtrack Technologies to rebuild and maintain a data management system that is easy to access and use. Producers will be able to enroll, transfer and make updates on their cattle through the database. The link to the data base can be found on the home page of http://www.sdcec.sd.gov
“This program is a good thing,” said Donald Klinkner, a South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle producer since 2005. “As long as consumers demand to know where their food comes from, producers are going to have to inform them. They can do that by working with a program like the South Dakota Certified Enrolled Cattle Program to ensure a safe and wholesome product.”
For more details, contact Sarah Jorgensen at SDDA at 605*773-5436.