Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program designed by cattlemen and cattlewomen, delivered by cattlemen and cattlewomen, for cattlemen and cattlewomen. BQA equips producers with production strategies and general skills to maintain a quality, wholesome food supply.
The beef business is a consumer-driven business. Grassroots programs, like BQA trainings, are the foundation to reinforcing consumer confidence and securing a bright future for cattle farms. By becoming BQA certified, a producer is not only helping secure a bright future for beef, but also refining management practices and handling qualities that can help improve the bottom-line.
The first question producer's ask is "What is the benefit of the certification to me?" The answer to the question is simply "numerous benefits." By becoming BQA certified, a producer is directly illustrating the passion and carefulness that they display on a daily basis when caring for animals. As the consumer is further removed from farming and agriculture, it is more important to document your commitment to BQA practices.
BQA also equips producers with skills and knowledge to reduce or eliminate carcass defects, carcass bruising, and animal stress. All of these could be detracting from profits on your farm. Beef Quality Assurance training also keeps you up to date on the newest beef industry news, offers tips on record keeping, and can open premium market opportunities.
If you are not BQA certified or your certification is out-of-date, I encourage you to join your fellow cattle producers in becoming certified.Watch for trainings in your area. Click here for a list of upcoming trainings.