Fort Collins, Colo., Feb. 9, 2017 – Two Colorado companies earned recognition for their outstanding efforts in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) on Feb. 3 in Nashville, Tenn. at the 2017 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show. Magnum Feedyard Co., LLC, owned by Steve Gabel of Wiggins, Colo., was honored as the recipient of the 2017 National BQA Feedyard award, while IMI Global, owned by John and Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colo., was presented the 2017 National BQA Marketer award.
“This is a win for Colorado’s beef industry,” says Libby Bigler, Colorado BQA program coordinator. “Both IMI Global and Magnum Feedyard are great examples of how Colorado cattle producers have really embraced the BQA program. Both are excellent promotors of the BQA message not only to their fellow industry members, but also to the consuming public.”
Award winners are selected by a committee comprised of BQA certified representatives from universities, state beef councils, sponsors and affiliated groups, who assess nominations based on their demonstrated commitment to BQA practices, their service as leaders in the beef industry, and their dedication to promoting the BQA message to grow consumer confidence.
“Our 2017 award winners are exemplary models for promoting beef as a quality product from the local to the national level,” says Chase DeCoite, associate director of BQA for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “They are working diligently to implement the newest, safest, most efficient animal health, handling, daily management and record-keeping practices, and are truly examples of sharing the BQA story!”
Colorado’s cattle industry was center stage during the annual Best of Beef Awards Breakfast, earning two of the five total BQA awards. Each year the National BQA Awards program, designed to recognize outstanding members of the beef industry who are committed to improving consumer confidence in beef, honors an outstanding Cow-Calf, Feedyard and Dairy producer, as well as a marketer and an educator.
It has been eight years since a Colorado operation has been recognized for BQA achievements at the national level. In 2009, Jim Docheff of Diamond D Dairy in Longmont, Colo. earned the National BQA Dairy award.
For more information on Magnum Feedyard and IMI Global, visit the National BQA YouTube Channel for videos highlighting the award winners.
About Colorado BQA
Backed by the Colorado Beef Council, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences, the Colorado BQA program strives to educate Colorado’s beef producers on BQA production practices and verify BQA implementation to bridge the gap between producers and consumers. For more information, contact Colorado BQA at (970) 491-2333 or visit http://www.cobqa.org.