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Minnesota Recognized with National Beef Quality Assurance
Minnesota Ag Connection - 02/09/2018

The Minnesota Beef Council announced two winners of the 2018 National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Ariz.

The National BQA Award recognizes outstanding beef and dairy producers and marketers that demonstrate animal care and handling principles as a part of their day-to-day operations. A common trait among all contest entrants must be a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their operations while encouraging others to implement the comprehensive cattle management program. The awards focus on five categories: Cow-Calf, Dairy, Feedyard, Marketer and Educator of the Year.

2018 BQA Feedyard Award The winner of the 2018 BQA Feedyard Award is BLAC-X Farms in Rock County, Minnesota. Between the two minds of the Bakken brothers, Jay and Peter, they share an extensive knowledge of the feedlot, cow-calf herd and crop operations. With a focus on education, they participate in several research projects and share their ideas on the best BQA practices with hundreds of others during tours of their farm.

Central Livestock in South St. Paul, Minnesota, has been named the 2018 BQA Marketer Award winner. Their marketing practices encourage producers to focus on BQA vaccination standards by incentivizing vaccinations in the sale ring. Cattle that are up-to-date on vaccinations sell for higher prices. They also have step-by-step guides for producers to follow that highlight animal safety, ultimately yielding the best cattle. Award winners are selected by a committee comprised of BQA certified representatives from universities, state beef councils, sponsors and affiliated groups, who assess nominations based on their demonstrated commitment to BQA practices, their service as leaders in the beef industry and their dedication to promoting the BQA message to grow consumer confidence.

National BQA Awards (Cow-Calf, Feedyard, Dairy and Marketer) are funded in part by The Beef Checkoff program with additional financial support provided by Cargill. The BQA Educator Award is funded in part by The Beef Checkoff program with additional financial support provided by Boehringer Ingelheim.

You can read more on each of the award winnersí operations at https://www.bqa.org/about/bqa-awards.

BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program funded by the Beef Checkoff that provides U.S. beef producers guidelines and certification drawn from common sense husbandry techniques and accepted scientific knowledge on how to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their cattle are the best they can be. For more information on BQA, visit http://www.bqa.org/.

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