5/11/2016 12:00:00 AM
BQA Certifies Another 2,000 Producers During Free Certification Campaign!
nearly 2,000 producers from across the country became Beef Quality Assurance
(BQA)-certified, thanks to the latest "free-certification" supported
by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). And, of those who signed up
during the free certification window, 65 percent completed their certification, the highest
percentage in the program’s six-year history. Through the sponsorship of the
BQA certification program, BIVI provides financial support for the Beef Cattle
Institute, which developed the certification module.
The checkoff-funded BQA program is important to the cattle industry as it
provides producers a set of best practices for producing quality beef. It also
gives consumers the assurance that the beef they eat is both safe and
“I was taught at a young age that there is a right way and a wrong way to do
business, no matter the task at hand. In any business there is a proven process
for success. In the cattle industry, the benchmark is the BQA way,” says Janet
Crow, beef producer from Missouri.
“I had been raising cattle on my own for about 15 years. The key to
promotion and selling more beef is to educate the public on the facts of beef
production. The public - especially the people in large cities and suburbs -
need to know that beef producers are passionate about what goes on their
plates. BQA and the beef checkoff dollars help promote the benefits of lean
beef through many avenues and gives us the tools we need to be environmentally
sustainable on the farm, raise a healthy quality beef product for consumers,
and a better process to do business right on the farm,” Crow says.
The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of
each segment of the cattle industry – cow-calf, stocker, feedyard and dairy
operations. The program covers best-management practices, such as proper
handling and administration of vaccinations and other products; using
low-stress cattle-handling principles; and eliminating injection-site
blemishes. Although the free-certification period has passed, it’s never too
late to demonstrate your commitment to quality and become BQA-certified
through your state trainings or online at www.bqa.org.
For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.