Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.
Producers have embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; but they have also gained through increased profitability. As an educating program, BQA helps producers identify
Why is BQA important?
BQA does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:
- Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
- Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.
- Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
- Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.
- Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
- Enhances herd profitability through better management.
Beef Checkoff supported BQA programs bring it all together. While the BQA Manual provides a framework for program consistency, the states still determine the best programs for their producers.
How can you certify in BQA?
If you are interested in scheduling a BQA certification program for producers in your area, or would like to learn about upcoming BQA events in near you, contact Malorie Bankhead in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845.
Upcoming BQA Events
Central Valley Feeder Council BQA Recertification Program, March 24, Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
All calf raisers and feeders welcome!
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Feedlot Program
-Handling and Animal Well-Being presented by Noelia Silva del Rio, Ph.D, DVM, U.C. Davis Dairy Specialist
-Animal Well-being Issues in Calf Nurseries presented by Alfonso Lago, Ph.D, DVM, DairyExperts
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Feedmill Program
-Feed Handling presented by James W. Oltjen, Ph.D, Cooperative Extension Animal Management Systems Specialist, Department of Animal Science, U.C. Davis
Lunch will be served after the training. RSVP to Malorie in the CCA office by Friday, March 14 at (916) 444-0845 or Malorie@calcattlemen.org.
Cow/Calf Producer BQA Recertification Program: CCA Midyear Meeting, June 12, DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento, 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95815.
How do I locate my BQA number?
Certification in BQA is only good for three years, at which point producers must attend an animal health workshop approved by CCA for recertification or attend a CCA BQA program.
If you have certified in the last three years and need to relocate your number, you can contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 or look it up in the members only section of this Web site by clicking here.