By: Randy Kuhn
, Beef Today
Our family farming history began with my great-great-... (nine generations ago) grandfather Johannes. He, his wife and three children left Saxony, Germany, on April 20, 1734, aboard the ship St. Andrew, mastered by Capt. John Stedman. They landed at Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and eventually settled our family’s first "New World" farm near Society Run in Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1743. Pig farming was our family’s specialty until the mid 1950s. A lot has changed since then. Our BQA cow–calf operation includes 100% grass-fed registered Red Angus, Hereford and purebred Beefalo; 30 to 35 pastured Duroc and Spot pigs; 100 Freedom Ranger broilers; and 90 Golden Comet and Buff Orpington layers. We organically maintain 80 acres, comprising 15 acres in rotational pastures, 15 acres in tillable cropland, and alfalfa/mixed grass hay on the balance. We have never used chemical pesticides or herbicides on our pastures or hay fields. We are not a "certified" organic farming operation, but we prefer the natural/organic approach to help promote sustainability.
BQA Part 4
Dec 04, 2010
This week is part 4 of 6 in a series as we take a look at BQA
Beef Quality Assurance
BQA can help make a positive public perception of your cattle operation
and the BEEF industry as a whole.
Feed Additives and Medications
- Only FDA approved medicated feed additives will be used in rations.
- Medicated feed additives will be used in accordance with the FDA Good Manufacturing
- Practices (GMP) regulation.
- Follow 'Judicious Antibiotic Use Guidelines'.
- Extra-label use of feed additives is illegal and strictly prohibited.
- To avoid violative residues: withdrawal times must be strictly adhered to.
- Where applicable, complete records must be kept when formulating or feeding medicated feed rations.
- Records are to be kept a minimum of two years.
- The producer will assure that all additives are withdrawn at the proper time to avoid violative residues.
- Maintain records of any pesticide/herbicide use on pasture or crops that could potentially lead to violative residues in grazing cattle or feedlot cattle.
- Adequate quality control program(s) are in place for incoming feedstuffs. Program(s) should be designed to eliminate contamination from molds, mycotoxins or chemicals of incoming feed ingredients. Supplier assurance of feed ingredient quality is recommended.
- Suspect feedstuffs should be analyzed prior to use.
- Ruminant-derived protein sources cannot be fed per FDA regulations.
- Feeding by-product ingredients such as DDG should be supported with sound science.
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