TBC arming producers with beef quality knowledge
Big Thicket Messenger - May 2007
The Texas Beef Council (TBC), in partnership with Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, will host a Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) program in Luling, Texas on Friday, June 1.
The TBQP program is designed to ensure cattle producers have the knowledge and information to make quality herd management decisions following the principals of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). All trainings are funded in part through the beef checkoff program and are free to cattle producers. The industry’s top goal is to deliver a product that meets consumer’s needs.
Beef quality is a high priority on both the national and state levels. On the national level, the 2005 National Beef Quality Audit was released providing insight on the progress of the cattle industry. The audit, which is funded in part by checkoff dollars, showed that cattle producers are making significant improvement, but still have some challenges ahead.
The beef quality audit is part of the BQA program, which was initiated by producers in 1982 and is the nation’s oldest pre-harvest herd management education program. The audit takes place every five years giving the cattle industry a closer look at its quality control standing. It is also designed to determine goals for the industry over the next five years, when the next audit will take place, as well as establishing a benchmark for quality targets by the year 2015.
The 2005 National Beef Quality Audit results showed improvements in microbiological safety, cattle genetics and beef of high quality grades, and fewer injection site lesions. Challenges producers still face include lack of uniformity and consistency in quality, cuts too large for foodservice/restaurant trade, blood splashed muscle, and lack of traceability to meet export requirements.
In Texas, the focus is on two long-range plan outcomes. The first outcome seeks a positive eating experience resulting in increased consumer satisfaction in regards to beef palatability and consistency. The second outcome focuses on food safety and increasing consumer confidence in beef safety.
Although the TBQP program is free, producers are asked to RSVP in advance, so planners can prepare for the right number of participants. To RSVP, please call Rachel Bauer, Caldwell County Extension Agent at (512) 389-3122. The program will be held at the Luling Civic Center, loated at 301 East Austin Street. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m., with the Level 1 program beginning at 1:30 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be served followed by the Level II program beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.
For more information on the TBQP program and other checkoff news, please visit our producer website at www.texasbeef.org.