Beef producers can boost their competitiveness by attending the Texas Beef Quality Producer program in Marion on Saturday, May 22, at the Bexar Bowling Social Hall.

“The Texas Beef Quality Producer program teaches the principles of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), a proven system of sensible management practices that help improve the quality and safety of beef,” explained Dave Scott, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA).

“The program updates ranchers on changes occurring in the industry and what we must do to increase demand for our cattle. It clearly demonstrates how a producer’s actions on the ranch have a huge impact on the final beef product,” Scott said.

The session involves an intensive half-day of training. The certification program covers BQA principles, industry updates, recordkeeping, environmental stewardship and proper management practices associated with genetic selection, cattle handling, culling, vaccine and drug use.

Participants should RSVP by May 17 to TSCRA at 1-800-242-7820 or e-mail sfox@texascattleraisers.org or the Bexar County Extension Office at 210-467-6575.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be served.

The Bexar Bowling Social Hall is located at 15681 Bexar Bowling in Marion.

TBQP program is a collaborative effort of TSCRA, Texas Beef Council (TBC) and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.