The University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a Beef Quality Assurance Training right after the holidays on Thursday January 3, 2019 in the 4-H Building on the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault. The training will begin at 12:30 and wrap up at 3:30 pm. The training is free and will be led by the Minnesota Beef Council. Many producers need the Beef Quality Assurance certification before they can sell cattle to processors starting in January of 2019.

"Cattle Farmers, ag stakeholders, and individuals who manage or market steers, heifers, cows, bulls are invited to attend this training focused on producing the highest quality beef and raising consumer confidence by using best management practices for animal stewardship and herd health."

Note this includes dairy farmers too. When I was a dairy farmer I saw myself as a dairyman producing milk. However, I was a cattlemen too producing beef. When a dairy cow was no longer productive producing milk, they were sold to processors for beef. In addition bull calves were fed out as beef steers and sold to processors. RSVP's are appreciated: Claire LaCanne, Ag. Ex. Educator 507-332-6165;or email

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