Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Wendy's resurant, Tyson Foods, and multiple auctions have announced that they will soon require producers to be certified in BQU.  Anyone who sells cattle (including dairy) is required to be BQA certified and each peron who receives sales checks-even if the cattle come from the same farm-must be certified. 

Please use the following link to learn more about BQA and the online certification:


  1. Summer Food Safety

    May. 21, 2019

    The fields are being planted, the grass is growing fast and the proms and graduations are in full swing.  Whatever milestones you enjoy with the change in seasons, I hope that you can be mindful in the observation of them.  The little things in life enrich the moments and allow us to savor the memories for the future. 

  2. Utilizing Lower Quality Forages in the Dairy Ration

    May. 21, 2019

    High quality forages typically drive the dairy ration and are the foundation for high milk production.  Currently, most dairy producers face a shortage of quality forage.  Many alfalfa stands suffered severe winterkill due to heaving.  Those stands are lost to production.  Other stands with less severe damage will remain in production, but forage quality will suffer due to weeds and grass filling in areas where alfalfa died off.  Many of the fall planted small grain crops like cereal rye or triticale, intended for high quality late spring forages also suffered some winter damage.  Those...

  3. Outdoor Activities Can Lead To Healthier Kids

    May. 07, 2019

    A colleague recently shared with me a really great info-graphic prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that illustrates just how much of an impact being outdoors can have on kids and their health.  Here are just a few of the key facts illustrated by the AAP info-graphic:

  4. Sprayer Preparation and Calibration

    May. 07, 2019

    Rainy weather has delayed our planting season, but one way to redeem some of the time is to make sure the field sprayer is ready to go when the weather breaks.  Weed pressure is a significant contributor to yield loss and weeds are enjoying a good spring.  Erdal Ozkan, OSU Extension Spray Technology specialist offers the following advice regarding a spring tune up for your sprayer.

     • Double-check your sprayer for mechanical problems before you start using it.  You won’t have time to do this when planting is in full swing. 

  5. Corn Planting: Soil Conditions and Nitrogen Application Rates

    Apr. 30, 2019

    Planting season has arrived and while there are some acres planted in the Wayne County area, many fields are wet.  Today, I want to address two common questions regarding corn planting, soil condition and determining a nitrogen rate application.

  6. Fun and Easy Activities for Spring and Summer

    Apr. 30, 2019

    Warmer weather is finally here which means more opportunities to spend an enjoyable time outdoors. What are some of your favorite warm weather activities? I personally enjoy going for a hike in the woods or walking through a park and watching as plants bloom and change. For me, both of these activities are enjoyable and low-cost. Spending time with family does not have to come with a high price tag; there are many low-cost ways to have fun without breaking the bank. If you need some inspiration, look through the list below. You may find a few new activities that are fun for all!

  7. Home maintenance for spring

    Apr. 23, 2019

    We started our post purchase home ownership classes last week.  The topic of home maintenance came up and following  are a few points that might serve as good reminders to all of us as we begin spring cleaning on the inside, don’t forget the outside as well. 

    How much should annual maintenance cost?  While the answer varies, there are a couple of guidelines.

  8. Farm Machinery Roadway Laws

    Apr. 23, 2019

    Farm Machinery Roadway Laws

  9. Ask a Master Gardener

    Apr. 19, 2019

    The local Master Gardener Volunteer program in Wayne County is handled by Secrest Arboretum.  If you would like help identifying plants and receive answers for your horticulture questions and issues, Master Gardeners will be available to help you in person WEDNESDAYS from 10am – 1PM in the Secrest Welcome Center, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster.  (GPS is accurate).

  10. Schedule a Breeding Soundness Exam

    Apr. 16, 2019

    One key to potential profitability in the cow/calf beef operation is maintaining a herd where the cow has a calf each year.   As calving interval increases above 13 months and cow pregnancy rate drops below 90%, profit potential decreases significantly.  Attention to cow health and condition are important to achieve these goals, but do not forget about the bull(s).  Just about every year there are stories of low herd pregnancy rates that are traced back to the bull.  Work with your veterinarian to schedule a breeding soundness exam.  The following article about breeding soundness exams...