Did you miss today's Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification event at the Monterey County Cattlemen's Association's Spring Meeting? Don't worry - from now through April 15 you can get certified for free at the BQA website!
- Castrate male calves before they reach 300 pounds and before they are 3 months old.
- Make sure to store vaccines at between 35 - 45 degrees F.
- Only mix the amount of vaccine that you will use in 1 hour.
- Hot water (more than 212 degrees F) should be used to clean syringes. If you are using a modified live vaccine, soap and disinfectant can kill it.
- When giving injections, if you bend a needle get rid of it and get a new one. Don't try to fix and reuse bent needles.
- Intramuscular injections should only be given in the neck.
- Subcutaneous injections can be given in the neck, dewlap, or elbow pocket.
I asked a few people what was the most important thing they learned today. Here's what they had to say:
- It's interesting to know why some drugs are subcutaneous and some are intramuscular. Time released drugs last longer and are given subcutaneously. For drugs that are not time released, and you want a fast reaction, those are intramuscular.
- Vaccines, even as little as 10 cc, can travel in the muscles and tissue more than 1 foot from the injection site.
What's your most important BQA tip? Let us know. Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post so we can all help each other remember the important things. While your at it, check out the Monterey County Cattlemen's new website created by Monterey County local Celeste Settrini.
The last thing I want say is Scott Violini received the Monterey County Cattleman of the Year award and Shirley Rasmussen received the Monterey County Cattlewoman of the Year award! Congratulations Scott and Shirley!
The Pajaro Compass is a group of conservationists, natural resources managers, ranchers, and farmers who are interested in conservation of the Pajaro River Watershed. In San Benito County, the Pajaro River Watershed includes the San Benito River, Tres Pinos Creek, and their tributaries - the areas along Highway 25 and the Panoche Valley.
This group is coordinated by the Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Santa Cruz County, The Nature Conservancy, and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Their goal is to work collaboratively to protect working lands and the natural resources on those lands.
Ranchers and landowners are invited to join them and give input on their draft Compass document. Please come to the meeting on Thursday, February 25 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Hollister Veterans Memorial Building. Make sure to R.S.V.P. to Christa Cassidy at email@example.com. There is no fee to attend.
The meeting will be more geared to agency staff, but they would really like ranchers and farmers to attend as well. It's important to get involved early in the process so you can help guide the outcome and make sure it will benefit you and your operation!
For more information about the Pajaro Compass, please click on the attached file titled, "Pajaro Compass - Background Info."
Remember to join us on February 18 at the King City Fairgrounds Pavilion Building from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to get your Beef Quality Assurance certification and enjoy lunch with the Monterey County Cattlemen at their Spring Meeting. San Benito and San Luis Obispo County ranchers are invited, too!
There's no need to R.S.V.P. You can just show up and pay at the door.
Here's the flyer.
Click here for the Spring Meeting flyer.
The meeting will begin with a Beef Qualtiy Assurance (BQA) certification event. Jill Scofield from the Cailfornia Beef Council will talk about the latest BQA methods and Dr. Charlie Tobias, DVM will give a 1 hour hands-on demonstration showing the right and wrong places to give injections.
Lunch will follow the BQA certification event. During lunch we will hear talks from the California Cattlemen's Association.
Hope to see you there!
If you are new to the BQA program, here's some information about it:
BQA provides systematic information to beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.
Through BQA programs, producers recognize the economic value of committing to quality beef production at every level - not just at the feedlot or packing plant, but within every segment of the cattle industry.
BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:
• Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
• Safeguards the public image of the beef and dairy industries.
• Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
• Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
• Enhances herd profitability through better management.
Click here for the BQA website.
Range Camp is a field-based educational camp offered for high school students between the ages of 15 and 18. It is designed to offer an appreciation of the extent, importance and value of California's rangelands and natural resources. Students interact with university faculty and experienced professionals in classroom and field activities.
The cost is $450, but most campers get scholarships. Applications are due April 29, 2016.
I spent 2 days at Range Camp last year. It was super fun spending time with the kids learning about rangeland and wildlife ecology, and learning how to build fence and vaccinate goats and sheep. It's a great opportunity for some of our local Central Coast kids. I highly recommend it.
Please let me know if you have any questions.