Iowa – Three beef operations in Iowa were recognized for their commitment to the principles of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program: Mogler Farms, Dunlap Livestock Auction and David Bruene of Iowa State University.
BQA continues to be an important pillar of checkoff programming, and each year the Iowa Beef Industry Council strives to recognize outstanding individuals that exemplify the tenets of the program.
The BQA Feedlot Award, recognizing outstanding feeders, went to Mogler Farms of Alvord, Iowa.
A family operation spanning three generations with seven family members currently working on the farm, the diversified Mogler operation encompasses a hog farrow-to-finish operation, row crops, beef feedlot, and a commercial grain elevator. The beef feedlot consists of 3,000 head and is the pride and joy of Howard.
Mogler Farms have been early adopters of electronic ID, feedyard performance monitoring programs and have participated in university studies to examine best management practices.
“Since implementing the BQA standards, we have seen improvement of cattle care, comfort, health and performance,” Ross Mogler said. “The team prides themselves on handling the cattle in the proper manner and seeing the benefits of leading animal husbandry standards.”
Their commitment to a high standard of care is all encompassing, Beef Council officials said.
The BQA Cow-Calf Award went to David Bruene, manager of the Iowa State University Beef Teaching Farm.