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Series to outline beef marketing changes

By Staff | Jun 28, 2014

EMMETSBURG – Changes in packer requirements will affect the information cattle feeders must provide to market cattle.

To help feedlot producers learn about and adapt to these changes, Iowa State University Extension, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are co-hosting a series of meetings, “Beef Quality Assurance Certification and Assuring Cattle Care” on three dates in four locations in northwest Iowa.

“Our consumer has always expected beef produced to be safe and wholesome for their family,” said Doug Bear, director of industry relations, Iowa Beef Industry Council. “The beef industry recognized this many decades ago and developed a voluntary certification program called Beef Quality Assurance to help (cattlemen) produce a safe, high quality product.”

The meeting series includes:

A). July 7: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Community College Auditorium, in Emmetsburg. Park in the northeast lot and use entrances 1, 2 or 3.

B). July 7: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College Auditorium, in Sheldon. Park in parking lot No. 1 and enter Building C.

C). July 14: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Center, in Moville. Located at 815 Main Street next to the library.

D). July 14: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sac County Fairgrounds, in Sac City, on east Main Street just east of the Raccoon River bridge.

The meeting will be in the 4-H Building (old skating rink).

Participants may attend any session. There is no fee to attend, but preregistration is encouraged.

To pre-register, contact Bear by phone at (515) 296-2305, or Doran at (712) 737-4230.

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