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Jan 16

2020 SDSU Beef Day

South Dakota State University and SDSU Extension will be hosting a beef day on Jan. 16 at 8 AM CST at the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium (1396 Stadium Rd., Brookings, SD 57006).

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Quality Assurance, Pasture, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

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Beef Quality Assurance

South Dakota producers have the option to receive beef quality assurance (BQA) certification.

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Look Ahead to Version 4.0 of PQA Plus

The new version of Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA), Version 4.0, will be released June 5, 2019. Producers preparing to recertify their site status will want to review their previous site assessments and take note of a few minor changes that were made to the new assessment form.

Beef Quality Assurance Transportation materials.

Cattle Transportation Updates

During the November 7th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, updates regarding several livestock transportation topics were shared by two presenters.

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Cattle Confinement Facilities: Management Considerations

Confinement barns provide some advantages to both the animals and caregivers compared to outside pens or pasture systems.

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Consumers & Packers Demanding BQA Certification, What S.D. Livestock Producers Need To Know

December 18, 2018

As of Jan. 1, 2019 one of the nation's largest processors of U.S. beef, Tyson Foods, will require that all beef they purchase is sourced from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified producers. Additionally, by Jan. 1, 2020 all cattle transporters hauling to Tyson Foods' harvest facilities will need BQA Transportation (BQAT) certification.

Beef Cattle, Quality Assurance