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Free Beef Quality Assurance training set Aug. 5 in Columbus

July 29, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Montana ranchers, cattle feeders and local youth groups are invited to a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Twilight Training session from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 5, at the Midland Bull Test Center in Columbus.

The free event will include a low-stress cattle handling demonstration, BQA chute-side cattle treatment techniques, animal care and health discussions, a cattle industry update and a beef supper. A special BQA project, "Ranchers Care," will also be introduced.

By attending, producers can become BQA certified. No pre-registration is required.

This event is sponsored by Stockman Bank and the Montana Stockgrowers Association through a grant from the Montana Beef Council. For more information, contact Midland Bull Test at (406) 322-5597; Lars Hanson at the Stockman Bank in Billings at (406) 655-3943 or Clint Peck of Billings, Montana BQA director, at (406) 896-9068.

BQA Twilight Training sessions are being scheduled for other locations around Montana. Host operations can be ranches, feedlots, livestock markets or a combination of hosts including ranches and local livestock associations and county Extension programs. For more information about hosting a BQA Twilight Training session, contact Rose Malasani at (406) 442-3420. To learn more about BQA programming, go to http://www.mtbqa.org.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu