The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and the Kansas Beef Council are partnering to host three advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions throughout Kansas during January. The Beef Checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers and veterinarians with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety.

Dave Rethorst, veterinarian and outreach director with the Beef Cattle Institute, will lead the training sessions. The meetings will be hosted at 6 p.m. and are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

* Jan. 13 – Sylvan Sales Commission, Sylvan Grove

* Jan. 18 – Pratt Livestock Inc., Pratt

* Jan. 21 – Anderson County Livestock Auction, Garnett

Producers and veterinarians will receive Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training and information relevant to the cow-calf, stocker and feedlot industry segments; animal husbandry best management practices; and downed animal care and humane euthanasia training, organziers said. In addition, stockmanship principles and low-stress cattle-handling techniques will be studied. All producers and veterinarians who attend will earn BQA certification. BQA certification is valid for three years.

Each workshop is free of charge and includes a complimentary meal. Pre-registration one week or more prior to the event is requested by contacting the Beef Cattle Institute at (785) 564-7459 or email kjoliver@vet.ksu.edu. Walk-in attendees are welcome but are not guaranteed a meal.