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Beef Quality Assurance Trainings November 2 & 7, 2023

Oct 18, 2023

Several years ago, the beef industry created a voluntary training and certification program called Beef Quality Assurance or BQA.  In that program, producers of beef are taught industry standards for producing good quality beef, are tested, and are then issued a certificate of completion.   The topics range from keeping feeds safe from contaminates, animal nutrition, to using drugs in a prescribed and safe manner, how to safely move cattle through barns and feedlots, using herbicides safely on pastures, and even worker safety. The program was well received by the industry.  There are over 1000 BQA certified people in Indiana alone.  Many of the large-scale buyers of beef adopted the BQA as their own and will not purchase beef from those without the BQA certificate. In fact, most of the beef from northern Indiana beef and dairy industry flows through packers with that requirement.  Locally, if you sell steers or cull cows or any sort of beef or dairy beef through the auctions, you will be required to have that certification because the auctions sell to packers with a BQA requirement.  There are 2 ways to get certified, one is online at  The other is by attending a meeting. There are two meeting dates where in-person training will be held via a video conference in Indiana: Nov. 2 and Nov. 7, all beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 9:00 pm. Eastern time.

3rd Annual Drive-Thru Light Display to Open in Shipshewana for the Christmas Season

Nov 20, 2020

Shipshewana is home to more than two million LED Christmas lights displayed in a newly expanded mile-and-a-half long symphony of various light scenes this Christmas season. Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy, a drive-through light display experience, is open November 20th & 21st, 2020 for opening weekend and will also be open on November 27th & 28th, 2020, and then every Tuesday thru Sunday from December 1st, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021 (Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve).

Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy Raises $1600 to Help Local Weekend Food Programs for Kids

Dec 10, 2019

Shipshewana Trading Place Auction & Flea Market and Blue Gate Hospitality have partnered with Winterland, Inc. to bring the new holiday experience, Shipshewana's Lights of Joy to town. They kicked off the season with a community night November 8 with all admission collected going to Blessings in a Backpack and Boomerang Backpacks. This year’s opening night event resulted in a total gift of $1,600 going to provide area kids (typically enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs) with a backpack of healthy foods for the weekend.

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