The Kansas Beef Council and the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University are partnering to host advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions throughout Kansas in October. These checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers and veterinarians with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety. The training sessions will be led by K-State veterinarians Dan Thomson and Dave Rethorst and K-State Extension Feedlot Specialist Chris Reinhardt, all with BCI.
     Attendees will receive Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and information relevant to the cow-calf, stocker and feedlot segments; animal husbandry best management practices; and downed animal care and humane euthanasia training. In addition, stockmanship principles and low-stress cattle-handling techniques will be studied. All who attend will earn BQA certification valid for three years.
     The workshops are scheduled for October 1 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie; October 2 at JC Livestock Sales in Junction City; October 7 at Ft. Scott Livestock; and October 9 at Overbrook Livestock Commission Company. All workshops begin at 6:00 p.m. The Tonganoxie event is co-hosted by the Leavenworth County Beef Improvement Association and the Ft. Scott event is co-hosted by the Linn and Bourbon counties Farm Bureau groups.
     Each workshop is free of charge and includes a complimentary meal. Pre-registration one week or more prior to the event is requested by calling the Beef Cattle Institute at (785) 532-4844 or emailing Walk-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed a meal.

KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer says ranchers, feeders and dairymen have an opportunity to become BQA-certified or re-certified at meetings across Kansas starting next month.