Beef quality assurance workshop

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With recent media attention concerning the quality and safety of beef production, CSU Cooperative Extension, the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, the Colorado Livestock Association, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Beef Council are offering a Beef Quality Assurance Certificate workshop in Meeker on Monday and Tuesday.

Bill Ekstrom, CSU agriculture agent, said reservations are being accepted.

"This is one of the few programs that enables producers to actually gain a profit for very little investment," Ekstrom said.

The cost is $25, and lunch is provided by the Rio Blanco County Farm Bureau. The training is divided into two levels. Level 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon. Level 2 is from 1 to 5 p.m. and continues Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ekstrom said topics covered will include history and the need of the program, raising quality-assured beef in the 21st century and in-depth instruction about how to implement a Total Quality Management Program.

Ekstrom said there is a third level in the program, during which a third party does a verification of the ranch.

"This step really adds 'teeth' to a marketing plan and proves a marketing program exists," he said.

Ekstrom said another workshop on rangeland management during and after an extended drought is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Extension Office, 779 Sulfur Creek Road in Meeker.

Dr. Roy Roath, rangeland specialist with CSU, will be the featured speaker.

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