Educational Tools to Provide Guidelines for Calf Raisers
The Beef Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program partners on new calf care and quality assurance resources for calf raisers.
Producers in the U.S. calf raising sector commit to quality, matching every industry segment’s dedication to herd health and welfare. Now, calf raisers have a new quality assurance program to help further support them and their efforts at best management practices.
The Calf Care & Quality Assurance (CCQA)program is the first collaborative educational tool that provides guidelines for calf raisers. With an understanding of the diversity of calf-raising enterprises, the program has been developed with science and outcomes-based lessons. The program gives calf raisers a framework through a reference manual and training modules.
While the practices identified in the manual are not the only practices that can meet the desired outcomes, the program provides a guideline that will serve as an excellent resource for anyone working in the calf-raising industry. In addition to the manual, the CCQA program will roll out producer-focused training modules that will certify producers in the principles of excellent calf care later in 2021.
“It’s this passion for calf health that I plan to nurture using the CCQA manual as an educational tool and reference to challenge our practices and optimize our outcomes for the calf,” said Stuart Hall, MRCVS, California dairy farmer and task force member.
The CCQA program is a joint initiative led by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program – a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, and the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM)program, managed by the National Milk Producer’s Federation (NMPF)with support from the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association, and the Beef Checkoff-funded Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) program.
For more information about BQA and the Calf Care & Quality Assurance program, visit BQA.org
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