The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program was developed by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and is a set of standards that are used all over the country and in all segments of the beef marketing chain. It is designed specifically to deal with management issues that affect beef wholesomeness, food safety and end product quality. This process is important to the beef industry nationally and locally and serves as a standard of quality and commitment to producing quality beef.
Beef cattle producers are stewards of the land and know that keeping healthy cattle is the most important component of their beef operation. As a beef producer, you should know that becoming BQA certified is much more than qualifying for Phase I Cost Share money or meeting a requirement in CPH-45 sales. It is about proper vaccination methods, recordkeeping, transportation, biosecurity, livestock handling and much more. Following the BQA guidelines is important for all beef producers as we continually seek to provide a product that our consumers demand. After all, if no one wants to buy our product then we are out of business.
You can become BQA certified by watching a video and completing a short quiz on the material. The quiz is to make sure that producers understand the most important issues presented. There is a $5 per person fee and the certification is good for 3 years. You will receive your BQA card about one month after completing the training. The BQA certification is mandatory for anyone wanting to sell feeder calves through one of the many CPH-45 sales this fall and winter.
A BQA training will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Madison County Extension Office at 230 Duncannon Lane. The $5 fee is payable by check at the meeting (no cash please). Please call 623-4072 if you have questions.
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