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Dairy Beef Quality Assurance training session set for Dec. 12

November 12, 2007

The Lancaster DHIA and Pennsylvania Beef Council are teaming to offer a Dairy Beef Quality Assurance training session.

The training will be on Dec. 12, at the Mercer Vu Farm in Mercersburg, Pa., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The program is designed to improve the value and quality of dairy market cows, steers, and calves by training producers in best management practices.

DBQA Training consists of a classroom training and chute side training. The classroom training portion will be completed in the morning and cover dairy management. After the classroom training, the Lancaster DHIA will present a program to producers on management.

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After a free lunch, the group will complete the chute side training. During the chute side training, producers will see the effects of shots in the muscle through a necropsy on a calf done by a Penn State veterinarian.

Discussions will also be held on handling, vaccinations, BVD vaccines, SQ shots, and participants will have time to ask the vet things that pertain to their farm. This is a hands-on training.

Becoming a DBQA certified producer will provide many benefits.

Participants will receive a free record keeping manual, ability to market their dairy cattle as coming from a DBQA certified producer, receive a free certified producer farm sign ($35 value), receive 100 free Allflex tags per year ($90 value each year), receive free Pa. Preferred Beef labels to label freezer beef that you sell ($50 value per roll of stickers), free BVD PI Test Kits, quarterly newsletter, free information and many more benefits.

Please RSVP by Dec. 10 for the training. For questions and to RSVP, contact Chris Jeffcoat at the Pa. Beef Council at 1-717-939-7000.

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