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Cow-Calf Quality Assurance

The Issue

To help assure the supply of quality beef for consumers, both small and large beef producers can benefit from training in practices which minimize carcass damage and improve the health and well-being of the animal.

What Has ANR Done?

UCCE Farm Advisor Roger Ingram has worked with the local Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association in holding six Cow-Calf Quality Assurance training events for producers in Placer and Nevada Counties. The beef producers received instruction on food quality and safety, animal health, animal handling, record keeping and genetics. They also participated in live animal demonstrations on injection sites for vaccines.

Participants review each topic by completing a written quiz. Those who complete all topics and quizzes receive a certificate.

Over 500 local producers and youth have completed the quality assurance training.

The Payoff

500 cattle producers positioned to implement program

When quality assurance procedures are implemented on their ranch, cattle producers may advertise that their animals are treated according to quality assurance guidelines. Once the training is complete, producers have the knowledge and skills needed for understanding of drug labels, proper choice of needle and injection sites, sanitation of the cattle working area, transportation, cattle handling and record keeping.

Clientele Testimonial

A cattle producer: "I think the live animal demonstration on administering a shot is key. The information on proper injection sites and sanitation is very important."


Supporting Unit: Placer-Nevada Counties

Sharon K. Junge, County Director
11477 E ave
Auburn, CA 95603