More than 30 cattle producers and veterinarians earned Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification this week during a training session at the KLA West office in Scott City. The workshop was led by Kansas State University veterinarian Dan Thomson, who is the Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology at the school’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Thomson, who also serves as director of K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute, opened the workshop by explaining today’s consumers are easily confused by activist rhetoric, making it extremely important for ranchers, feeders and dairymen to “do things right.” Participants learned about reducing animal stress through cattle handling and facility design; proper injection sites; humane euthanasia techniques; recommended methods of moving non-ambulatory cattle; and following the label usage of livestock antibiotics.
The Scott City workshop is the first in a series of six to be held this month and next. Checkoff dollars from the Kansas Beef Council are helping fund the BQA training. Upcoming workshop locations include Colby - June 14; Erie - June 30; Holton - July 6; Beloit - July 7; and Pratt - July 12. To register, go to www.beefcattleinstitute.org or call Abby Jones at (785) 532-3474.
For more information visit www.kla.org.