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NMSU Socorro County Extension to offer beef quality assurance training

SOCORRO, N.M. - New Mexico State University's Socorro County Extension office will host a free beef quality assurance program from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15, at the Extension offices at 198 Neel Ave. NW, Socorro.

Joining the Socorro County Extension office as host and sponsors are the Farm Bureau Financial Services in Socorro, Paul's Vet Supply and Richard Ritter CPA, respectively.

"Any producer raising beef cattle should attend this workshop," said Tom Dean, Socorro County Extension agriculture agent. "It's a really good training that covers a variety of topics associated with raising healthy cattle."

John Wenzel, NMSU Extension veterinarian, will present the program. The training will cover such beef quality assurance management topics as feed-stuffs and sources, feed additives and medications, animal treatment and health maintenance, recordkeeping and inventory control, and the why, when and how of vaccinations. Producers will qualify for certification in beef quality assurance upon completion of the course.

"Many feed yards and food service companies have adopted the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system, which is designed to ensure quality control," Dean said. "By becoming educated in the beef quality assurance practices, producers are positioning themselves to take advantage of these marketing opportunities."

For more information about the workshop, call the Extension office at 575-835-0610.