What is Beef Quality Assurance?
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and commitment to quality within every segment of beef industry
The Importance in Becoming BQA Certified
In response to consumer demand by food service companies for more beef quality assurance, some major beef processors will require its suppliers to have the BQA certification by January 1st of 2019. Major buyers such as Tyson and National Beef Packing are requiring a BQA Certification by January 1st at 2019. See the attached letter for more information on what other processors are requiring.
Auction Markets will have two options. An auction market may require all fed cattle suppliers to be BQA certified to sell in auction or they must announce from the auction block during the sale which cattle are and which cattle are not sourced from a BQA certified supplier. See the attached letter for more information.
About Becoming Certified
The trainings are two hours long. Certifications are good for 3 years. Only one person from each operation is required to be certified to ensure the entire operation follows BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified.
In Person Training
February 19, 2019
6:00 PM at the Harrison County Government Center, 245 Atwood Street, Corydon IN
February 19, 2019
8:00 AM Vevay, IN
If you cannot attend an in-person training, you can also go complete the certification online at www.BQA.org.
BQA is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that provides information to beef producers and consumers on how common-sense husbandry techniques can be paired with scientific knowledge to raise cattle. Its programs include best practices around ensuring end-product safety and wholesomeness, protecting herd health and animal well-being, and good record keeping.