Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program will host Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz at six cattle handling seminars during June 16-18, 2015. These seminars on effective stockmanship and handling techniques provide cattlemen with the tools to produce safe, healthy, and wholesome beef. The BQA Program is the industry’s gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the commitment to continually improve sound production practices to build domestic and global beef demand.
The seminar will show how to implement low-stress cattle handling techniques which are not only beneficial for animal welfare, but also increase the quality of beef produced and reduces the human safety risk when working with livestock.
The cattle handling seminars will be held at the following locations:
June 18 – 9AM-12PM: at the Waverly Sale Barn in Waverly, and – 5PM-8PM: at the Delaware County Fairgrounds,in Manchester. Seminars will also be conducted June 16th in Clare and Algona and June 17th in Elma, Iowa and Lanesboro, MN.
Each session with include cattle handling basics and handling demonstrations presented by Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, a chute side demonstration by Zoetis, and BQA Certification hosted by Iowa and Minnesota BQA Coordinators. Sponsors of these six cattle handling seminars include the Iowa Beef Industry Council (The Beef Checkoff Program), Zoetis, Purina, Quality Liquid Feed, Five Star Co-op, and Silver Edge Cooperative.
Beef producers and industry representatives may attend any of the available six sessions. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA Coordinator at 515-296-2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.