»2014 BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE AWARD

 

Mike and Anne Wirtz, TZ Cattle Company of Brenham, Texas

TZ Cattle Company, owned by Mike and Anne Wirtz, is an integrated cow-calf operation. The base herd is purebred Santa Gertrudis.   Calves are pre-conditioned using a modified Vac-45 program, raised on grass to 800 pounds, then sent to the feedlot and sold on the grid or contracted on a natural program. 

The BOA program, when done properly, enhances the carcass value due to low sickness and no blemishes in the beef itself.  Safe handling techniques reduce stress, help gain, and reduce bruising. This helps to produce a quality product to ensure consumer demand due to an excellent dining experience.

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2014 DAIRY BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE AWARD

Keith York, Merry-Water Farms of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Merry-Water farms is a family farm which began in 1950.  The dairy farm has 1,350 cows with 1,250 replacement heifers and 200 young steers. All employees are trained in moving cattle without causing stress. This is done by training on the farm or at presentations or classes that go over best handling techniques.  “The well-being of our animals is one of the top priorities for our farm,” Keith says. “If we take care of our animals they will take care of us. 

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2014 BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE MARKETER AWARD

Dell King, King Livestock Company, Inc., of Hopkinsville, Kentucky

King Livestock Company, founded in 1967, is family-owned and operated.  Dell helped develop the BOA Master Cattle Transporter Guide by meeting with other cattle trucking companies, appearing in transportation videos instructing proper loading techniques and also he developed a loading card for the truck drivers to use in distributing cattle properly onto the cattle trailers. He consistently appraises most of the load-lot cattle for sale, and is on load out day to sort the cattle and load the trucks.  He handles his cattle with solid BQA practices.

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2014 BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Dr. Clyde Lane, University of Tennessee 

Dr. Clyde Lane has served as the Tennessee BQA Coordinator since 1999. He was responsible for implementing the Tennessee BOA Program which has trained 18,000 individuals. He has worked on a regional basis to develop regional BQA training materials, vaccine and antibiotic bags used to transport vaccines and antibiotics from point of purchase to the farm.  He served on the committee to develop the National BOA Guidelines, presented to guidelines and guided their passage by the State Coordinators. 

Dr. Lane's enthusiasm for the BOA program plus his involvement in the program has resulted in his ability to get large numbers of producers to apply Beef Quality Assurance practices

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