Beef Quality Assurance is an incredibly important program to the beef industry. It is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that provides guidelines to U.S. beef producers and consumers on how to raise cattle under the best management conditions. This certification was designed to provide consumers with reassurance that they can take pride in what they purchase for their families. The BQA programs include good management practices around record keeping and herd health which yields more profit for the producer.
“When better quality cows leave the farm and reach the marketplace, 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 Guideline Principles:
WE BELIEVE production practices affect consumer acceptance of beef
WE BELIEVE the BQA program has and must continue to empower beef producers to improve the safety and wholesomeness of beef
WE BELIEVE these fundamentals principles are the fabric of the BQA Program
Now more than ever, the general public wants to know where their food is coming from and how it is being raised. These programs give consumers a sneak peek into the standards these operations are being held to and allows for peace of mind when they see beef in the grocery store. Being BQA certified shows the commitment to food quality and safety, upholds consumer confidence in beef products, improves value of marketed beef cattle, and increases herd profitability.
We believe that BQA is important for everyone involved in the industry because it forces us to hold ourselves to the highest standard possible. It teaches our kids to be aware and forward thinking, helps provide guidance for ranchers starting out on what the expectation is, and is a great learning tool for ranchers because of how often things can evolve.
There are a couple different BQA Programs:
Stockman & Stewardship: (Cow/Calf, stocker, feeder, and feedyard)
- Teaches methods for raising cattle with BQA fundamentals including: cattle health, stockmanship, marketing, emergency planning, and beef quality
- Proper methods for hauling cattle, BioSecurity, trip planning and loading, and emergency management
Did you know that Tyson Foods requires feed yards to be BQA certified? For more info, click here!