Kelly Oliver – The Beef Cattle Institute

(Conrad) Good morning and welcome to Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. I’m your host Conrad Kabus. E.coli in cattle is a serious issue for many beef producers and the USDA is stepping in to help many farmers with their problem. The United States Department of Agriculture has recently awarded the Beef Cattle Institute of Kansas State University a $25 million dollar grant to develop training modules in collaboration with a research effort with multiple institutions. A new series of new beef cattle online training modules has been released by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. (Kelly) The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a $25 million dollar grant on beef safety research. The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is working along with other collaborators from all across the United States on this project. There are five objectives to this grant and the BCI has decided to work on Objective Five, Education and Outreach. Through this objective the BCI has developed several online training modules covering all sectors of the beef supply chain, from pre-harvest to post harvest. Our goal with the online training modules is to educate the producers, retailers, and consumers on beef safety to help keep them and their families safe. (Conrad) BCI is eager to deliver this important tool for people involved in the beef industry to learn about preventing E coli in beef and veal. BCI urges that producers keep a healthy atmosphere about their farm and operations. (Kelly) For producers it is important to clean your equipment when cleaning pens and feeding cattle. If you have to use the same loader for both make sure you rinse it out and sanitize it properly. It is also important for producers not to wear their work clothes into their own home as this poses a risk for their families of cross contamination. (Conrad) In continued efforts to raise awareness for grain objectives, the latest training modules focus on the 5th major objective of the grant – education and outreach. (Kelly) For post harvest our modules cover proper sanitation of equipment used between carcasses, proper storage, and cooking temperatures in beef and also for special considerations for personal hygiene. Personal hygiene and physical barriers such as proper clothing and hair nets is essential for prevention of cross contamination in the post harvest operation. Our pre-harvest modules cover the topics of feedlot cow/calf, dairy and veal operations. It is very important that producers are aware of different management practices that they can implement to help prevent the shedding of E.coli in their operation. Our post harvest module topics are small packer, distributor and restaurant. (Conrad) The series is a set of modules available in both English and Spanish, covering topics of E.coli prevention in beef safety. Providing bilingual employee training will be a great tool for people involved in the beef production from the farm to the plate to learn how to do their part to provide safe, nutritious beef products. (Kelly) All of our online training modules are available in English and Spanish. We feel that it is important that all of our producers are able to utilize all of our information. (Conrad) BCI is hopeful for the future and anticipates many farmers using the website. (Kelly) Our goal for the online training modules is to educate the producers, retailers and consumers on beef safety to help keep them and their families safe. By implementing these practices into their own operation, we hope to eliminate E.coli in the beef supply chain. (Conrad) Thank you for watching today’s program of Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. For more of Farm Factor or if you want to view this program again, visit us on www.agaminkansas.com. Or you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. So have a good day with good luck.

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