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Free Beef Quality Assurance training to be held Aug. 27 near Townsend

August 18, 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. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Ehlke Hereford Ranch near Townsend.

The free event will include a stockmanship clinic featuring Ed and David Fryer of White Sulphur Springs, BQA chute-side cattle treatment techniques, animal care and health discussions, a cattle industry update and a free beef supper. A special BQA project, titled "Ranchers Care," will also be introduced.

Producers who attend 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 Stockman Bank in Belgrade at (406) 556-4170, Virginia Knerr, Broadwater County Extension, at (406) 266-9242 or Ehlkes at (406) 266-4121.

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. To learn more about BQA programming, go to or contact Montana BQA Director Clint Peck of Billings, at (406) 896-9068.

Evelyn Boswell at (406) 994-5135 or