January 2022 Virginia Quality Assurance Tel-O Auction

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In August 2021, Stokes County producers participated in a Virginia Quality Assurance (VQA) Tel-O Auction with the Patrick County (V.A.) Cattlemen’s Association. This is an opportunity to market quality calves with other producers to offer greater amounts of uniform cattle to buyers. Buyers will pay premiums for large loads of uniform cattle, which has led to premiums of approximately $100/head in the past.

Stokes County producers once again have the opportunity to participate in this sale in January 2022. Calves must meet certain requirements to be consigned to the sale, including being in the weight range of 500 to 900lbs, fully vaccinated according to the below protocol, and have a VQA tag at load out. A grader with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will visit any farms that consign to confirm the quality of the calves. Calves are weighed and loaded at Mark Bray’s in Lawsonville, NC.

Deadlines

  • November 15, 2021: Calves must be weaned
  • November 15, 2021: Consignment deadline–please contact Kendra at the extension office to consign. 336-593-8179
  • November 15, 2021: 1st round vaccinations deadline
  • December 15, 2021: 2nd round vaccinations deadline
  • January 1, 2022: All calves must be weighed at least once prior to this date

Vaccination Requirements

Round One

  • Bovishield Gold 5
  • Ultrabac 7
  • Deworm
  • Implant (optional)

Round Two

  • Bovishield Gold ONE SHOT
  • Ultrabac 7
  • Put in VQA tags (VQA tags are purchased from the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association by calling 540-992-1009)
  • Send weights to the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County office

Please contact our office with any questions at 336-593-8179.

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Kendra Phipps, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKendra PhippsExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock and Forage Crops Call Kendra Email Kendra N.C. Cooperative Extension, Stokes County Center
Posted on Oct 29, 2021
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