Beef Quality Assurance Training and Winter Feeding Beef Cattle

Friday, October 20, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
UMaine Extension Penobscot County Office
307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401 (Directions)

Cows grazing in pasture.Join Dr. Colt W. Knight, Associate Extension Professor and State Livestock Specialist for the University of Maine, for the new Maine Beef Quality Assurance Training utilizing the new national BQA standards. All participants will receive a Maine Beef Quality Assurance training Certificate. In addition, we will be joined by Dr. Morgan Hayes, Assistant Extension Professor in Biosystems Engineering and Livestock Systems for the University of Kentucky. Morgan will discuss winter cattle feeding strategies and winter barn ventilation.

Cost: $25 (Beef burger lunch provided)

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Who Should Attend:

Beef Quality Assurance logo.Beef Producers wanting to becoming Beef Quality Assurance Certified and/or beef producers wanting to learn more about winter feeding and air quality control for beef cattle.


Maine New Farmers Project
Maine Beef Producers Association
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
University of Kentucky Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment


Morgan Hayes, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Extension Professor
University of Kentucky

Photo of Morgan Hayes, Ph.D., P.E.As an extension specialist, I believe in finding solutions for livestock and residential facilities including reducing energy and water requirements as well as selecting better structural design and advanced building materials. For livestock producers to make their production system better, I focus on how to improve the environment to which the animals are exposed by providing education on ventilation, energy usage, water and temperature requirements in barns. Often improving the livestock system involves making site specific recommendations based on existing management and research about innovative facility designs, materials, and technologies. For homeowners, I focus on educating on the opportunities to reduce energy demand, how to incorporate generators for backup power, and when to use alternative energy sources like solar and ground source heat. Her research interests include: Livestock Housing, Energy Use, Ventilation, Heat Stress, Precision Management, Environmental Stewardship, Alternative Energy, Air Quality, and Structures.

Colt W. Knight, Ph.D.
Associate Extension Professor and State Livestock Specialist
University of Maine

Photo of Colt Knight, Ph.D.Colt grew up in a coal mining family in West Virginia where they also operated a small family farm and show horse stable. During academic breaks and between schools, he worked in strip mines across the country. Colt earned his B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky, M.S. in Animal Science at Angelo State University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Arizona in 2006, 2012, and 2016, respectively. In the fall of 2016, he worked on a postdoc with Dr. Derek Bailey at New Mexico State University. Since 2017, Colt W. Knight works as an Assistant Professor of Extension for the University of Maine where he serves as the State Livestock Specialist. He teaches Introduction to Animal Science (AVS 145) and runs the Maine Grazing Behavior Lab. The core focus of the Grazing Behavior lab revolves around designing and manufacturing livestock tracking collars, engaging in applied grazing behavior research, and assisting other researchers with technology to interpret animal behavior. Dr. Knight’s research is broadly focused on selecting animals uniquely adapted to landscapes and promoting sustainable agriculture. Colt is the current chair for the Society of Range Management Livestock Foraging Behavior Committee, as well as, the North East Region Chair for the National Association of County Agricultural Agent’s Teaching and Educational Technology Committee. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Ecological Processes. Colt is actively engaged in outreach and has delivered over 150 seminars on livestock production since starting his career at the University of Maine.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Robertson, at, phone: 207.942.7396 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

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