TOPEKA – The Kansas Beef Council partnered with Kansas State University to host a virtual chuteside cattle demonstration featuring Dr. A.J. Tarpoff, KSU beef extension veterinarian.
This video, using both GoPro and drone technology, showcases the key principles of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and applies them in a relatable real-world setting. Dr. Tarpoff discusses proper vaccine storage and handling, needle size, low-stress cattle handling, and facility design while processing cattle next to the squeeze chute.
KBC and Dr. Tarpoff recently hosted a Zoom webinar featuring the video and a live Q&A session targeted toward college students across the state. Participants included students from Kansas State, Fort Hays State University and Kansas community colleges. "I found this very beneficial and I am looking forward to more educational videos like this one in the future," indicated one participant.
About the Beef Checkoff
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.