Lindsey Receives BQA Certification
Monticello, Ark. - Making beef producers more aware of how to grow quality beef in a safe and humane environment is the goal of getting local cattle producers Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified. In August, University of Arkansas at Monticello Assistant Professor and Veterinarian Dr. Rocky Lindsey became certified to train local cattle producers on how to secure their Beef Quality Assurance certification. He is one of only a handful in the state of Arkansas authorized to do so. Lindsey attended certification school in Stillwater Oklahoma in early August. The training locally has begun with a dozen students in his beef production classes. Students are learning how to give vaccinations to the neck safely and deworm 60 head of cattle without harm to the cattle or to themselves.
Besides vaccines, BQA focuses on areas such as bio-security, how to feed the animals, nutrition, record keeping, cattle care in general, environment and stewardship, including water quality.
“We also teach them how to handle cattle, work cattle, and how to transport cattle in a safe and humane way,” said Lindsey. UAM Animal Science major J.C. Adair is now working for the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources in the cattle barn after doing an internship last year. “I would say maybe 25 percent of the Ag Students that we have haven’t really messed with cows before, are coming out here and getting their hands on and seeing and learning how to do it,” he said. Lindsey says the greatest value to the cattle industry in obtaining the Beef Quality Assurance certification might be the public relations aspect. “The farmer comes at it from the perspective that they know they are doing the right thing. But we have to do a better job of communicating that to the general public. We have been poor at that. I’m hoping this program is well received," said Lindsey.
For the producer, the certification can bring up to 16 dollars more per cow. Lindsey says he will offer a classroom certification to local cattle producers in early 2020. BQA programs have evolved to include best practices around good record keeping and protecting herd health, which can result in more profits for producers. When better quality cows leave the farm and reach the market place, the producer, packer, and consumer all benefit. When better quality beef reaches the supermarket, consumers are more confident in the beef they are buying, and this increases beef consumption.
UAM Assistant Professor and Veterinarian Rocky Lindsey teaches beef production students the proper way to vaccinate cattle. Nearly a dozen students took turns applying the needle to the neck region, showing them how to properly pinch the neck to ensure the vaccine doesn’t penetrate the neck muscles.
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Ricky Morgan is a UAM Sophomore majoring in Pre-Veterinarian Medicine. He took his turn applying vaccinations to nearly 64 head of cattle owned by the UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.
Dr. Rocky Lindsey of UAM’s College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources is now certified to train cattle producers on how obtain their BQA certification.
For more information contact Lon Tegels, Communications Director for the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources at 870-460-1852.