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BQA-T with Stockmanship & Stewardship Training

June 16, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join Ag Innovation at Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College on Friday, June 16, for an all-day Stockmanship & Stewardship training event focused on Beef Quality Assurance-Transportation with live cattle handling demos at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Petersburg! Learn proper methods for hauling cattle using a gooseneck trailer or semi-trailer.

Industry experts and representatives from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, WVU Extension, and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will lead workshops and presentations.


  • $30 fee for all day program
  • Walk-ins after 10 a.m. will be charged $15
  • Adults and Youth register here

Youth 10+ are welcome to attend if pre-registered and accompanied by an adult or group leader.



7:15 – 8 A.M. Registration

7:30 – 8 A.M. Corn beef hash breakfast from Flying W Farms

8:15 A.M. – 10 A.M. BQA Training instructed by Kevin Shaffer, assistant professor and livestock production specialist at WVU Extension

10 – 10:15 A.M. Break (complimentary water and soda will be provided throughout the day)

10:15 A.M. – 12 P.M. Cattle handling demonstration by Dr. Ron Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

12 – 12:45 P.M. Complimentary steak and cheese hoagies from Flying W Farms

12:45 – 1 P.M. Sponsor and showcase of equipment for sale by Mountainview and Pearson Equipment

1 – 1:30 P.M. Cattle health and fitness for transport, import regulations, and ADT requirements by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture 

1:30 – 3 P.M. Cattle handling demonstration

3 – 3:30 P.M. Cattle handling Q&A session

3:30 – 4 P.M. Vendor highlight and raffle drawing


Beef producers will spend the early morning learning science-based production practices that assure cattle well-being, beef quality, and safety from WVU Extension Livestock Specialist Kevin Shaffer. BQA programs include best practices around cattle handling, facility management, and protecting herd health.

The mid-morning and afternoon session will feature Dr. Ron Gill from Texas A&M Extension. Dr. Gill will conduct a hands-on workshop to demonstrate proper methods for hauling and handling cattle, including reviewing fitness for transport, trip planning and loading, biosecurity, and emergency management. During this training event, we will focus on the farmer’s emphasis on using a gooseneck trailer and a professional driver with an emphasis on semi-trailers.

West Virginia veterinarians seeking non-medical continuing education credits: This all-day program has been approved for five hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Veterinarians should bring their license number to submit at registration.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

Register here.

Contact aginnovation@easternwv.edu or call 304-434-8000 ext. 9609 for more information.

This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, grant no. 2021-67037-34167/project accession no. 1025535, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conculsions, or recommendations expressed should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government determination or policy.


June 16, 2023
7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Tri-County Fairgrounds
107 Rig St.
Petersburg, WV 26847 United States
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