Beef Quality Assurance Training Scheduled for November 4th in North Collins

(WNY News Now) – Cornell Cooperative Extension and Phillips Farm are teaming up to offer a comprehensive program for cattle producers, including a dairy farm tour, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training, and a potluck event in North Collins, NY, on November 4th.

North Collins – Cornell Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with Phillips Farm, invites all cattle producers to a day of educational and community-building activities on Saturday, November 4th, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm in North Collins, NY.

The day’s schedule begins with a tour of Phillips Farm, a family-owned dairy farm with 1,200 cows that specializes in beef-on-dairy production. Ann and David Phillips, along with their dedicated team, will showcase their approach to animal health and welfare.

Following the tour, the NYBPA Region 1 Beef Producer’s Association will host a potluck and lunch at noon, featuring generously provided roast beef sandwiches by Phillips Farm and Shining Star Cattle Company. Attendees are encouraged to bring side dishes, drinks, or desserts to share.

The highlight of the day is the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training program from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. This hands-on training covers best practices for beef cattle health, stress reduction, herd management, transportation, and more. Dr. Shannon Carpenter of NYS Ag and Markets will demonstrate proper injection techniques.

Participants have the option to attain BQA certification, with both Level I and Level II training available. Level II certification requires attendance at both classroom and chute-side training sessions.

Registration for the event is open until Wednesday, November 1st, at 5 pm, with a fee of $15 per farm (covering two individuals) for BQA training. Additional attendees from the same farm are $10 each. The farm tour and potluck are free of charge.

To register, contact Kelly Bourne at or 585-268-7644 ext 10. Online registration is available at

This collaborative event aims to enhance animal health, welfare, and production quality for cattle producers and foster a sense of community among them. It is organized by the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program, a partnership between Cornell University and the Cooperative Extension Associations of several counties.


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