The NEXT Beef Quality Assurance Training is: April 30, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.
at the Fulton County Extension Building— 1009 W 3rd St.- Fairgrounds Rochester, IN
Beef Quality Assurance
Starting January 1, 2019, Tyson and National Beef buyers only accept cattle from BQA certified producers. This means that cattle feeders selling direct to either Tyson or National Beef must be BQA certified, and have a copy of their BQA certificate and BQA number on file with their respective processor. Producers selling fed cattle through an auction market that supplies cattle to either Tyson or National Beef need to have a copy of their BQA certificate and BQA number on file at the auction market.
Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase - and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.
BQA programs have evolved to include best practices around good record keeping and protecting herd health, which can result in more profits for producers. When better quality cows leave the farm and reach the market place, the producer, packer, and consumer all benefit. When better quality beef reaches the supermarket, consumers are more confident in the beef they are buying, and this increases beef consumption.
The efforts of BQA across the nation have been instrumental in recent successes that continue to re-build and sustain beef demand. Through BQA programs, producers recognize the economic value of committing to quality beef production at every level - not just at the feedlot or packing plant, but within every segment of the cattle industry
This past fall Purdue beef specialist present several certification program around the state in an effort to get people certified. They completed 15 face-to-face meetings which resulted in over 1400 producer BQA certifications. BQA certification is good for a three year period. In order to pick up those people missed a few Extension Offices in the state will be offering this training by video followed by an exam. The next opportunity is April 30 @ 6:30 PM at the Fulton County Extension Office. 574-223-3397. Call to reserve your spot!