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On July 15, the Delta County Livestock Association hosted a great afternoon of learning, collaboration and socializing.

The afternoon kicked off with Libby Bigler, the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) coordinator, giving a BQA certification training at the Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss. Beef Quality Assurance is a producer driven program that is nationally coordinated and state implemented. The BQA program provides training and education on BQA guidelines. It is designed to provide anyone who works regularly on a beef cattle operation with tools and education to assure beef quality. Twenty local cattlemen and cattlewomen proactively attended the training to further their knowledge and commitment to producing safe, healthy and wholesome beef. They are now all Beef Quality Assurance Certified. For more information on Colorado BQA, go to http://www.cobqa.org/.

Following the BQA certification, Delta County Livestock Association held their annual meeting. At the meeting, DCLA members were joined by guests from the forest service and BLM. Additionally, Dick Carlson of Loomix, Ryan Rhoades the CSU Beef Extension Specialist based out of Fort Collins and Delta County commissioner Mark Roeber were in attendance. Reelected to the DCLA board of directors were Gordon Hebenstreit of Cedaredge, Nate Adam of Crawford, John Allen of Hotchkiss and Eddie Clement for Paonia.

At the conclusion of the meeting, DCLA members enjoyed a picnic in the fairgrounds park. The hamburgers and hotdogs were provided by DCLA, but otherwise it was a delicious potluck meal. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the meal and to everyone who attended the afternoon's activities.

A special thanks also to Loomix and Bank of Colorado for providing beverages for the picnic.

We would also like to remind everyone that Saturday, August 13, is DCLA's barbecue in the park at the fairgrounds starting at 11:30 am. All proceeds from the BBQ benefit our scholarship fund for high school seniors. For the last two years, we awarded $6,000 each year in scholarships to local seniors.

Come out and support us at the barbecue so we can do it again next year!

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