SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Beef Quality Assurance sessions serve as the beef industry’s best source of continuing education and will provide producers with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and beef quality.

Upcoming meeting dates and locations include:

n 6 p.m. Dec. 6, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Sycamore.

n 6 p.m. Dec. 7, Midwest Livestock Auction, Danville.

n 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Reel Livestock Center, Congerville.

“The Illinois BQA program is a proven education system that teaches sensible management practices that help improve the quality and safety of beef,” said Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension beef specialist and state BQA coordinator. “It clearly demonstrates how a producer’s actions on the farm have a huge impact on the final beef product.”

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that hopes to raise consumer confidence through offering proper management education and guidelines for the beef industry.

BQA training is free and includes a meal and training materials. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Attendees should RSVP to the Illinois Beef Association at 217-787-4280.

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