Marias River Livestock Association is hosting a Beef Quality Assurance Workshop on Saturday, June 22 in Conrad at the Joe Russell Arena. Area producers are encouraged to attend and should RSVP by next Wednesday, June 19. 

As beef prices continue to drop and the cost of producing that beef keeps climbing, ranchers have had to get creative and go the extra mile to get a premium for their calves in the fall. Marias River Livestock Association has worked for several years to help its members not only survive the low prices, but thrive in spite of them.

MRLA’s Mission Statement begins, “Marias River Livestock Association’s goal is to support the livestock industry and survival of its environment and lifestyle…”

To continue its efforts to help local ranchers, Marias River Livestock Association will host a Beef Quality Assurance workshop with Tom Curtin at the Joe Russell Arena in Conrad Saturday, June 22.

Registration for the workshop will begin at 9 a.m., followed by “classroom” work until noon.

Lunch will be served by the North Country CattleWomen at noon, and Tom will be available to answer questions. After lunch, a live demonstration will be conducted with cattle from 1-3 p.m.

The workshop will be limited to 40 participants, so RSVP to Liberty County Director Casey Buffington at 406-390-1888 by Wednesday, June 19 if you plan to attend.

According to the official Beef Quality Assurance website (, “Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.”

Everyone that completes the workshop will be Beef Quality Assurance certified, which will help bring a premium when you sell your cattle in the fall.

A huge thank you to Joe Russell for donating the use of his arena, Don Dutro at High Hog for donating the use of panels and other cattle handling equipment, and Lisa Schmidt for letting us borrow her cattle for the live demonstration!

For more information about Marias River Livestock Association, visit the website

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