DEDICATED TO QUALITY

YOUR CERTIFICATION IS GOOD FOR THREE YEARS

The mission of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is to promote best management practices for cattle producers in an effort to strengthen consumer confidence in beef as a wholesome food product.

As a beef food producer, your livelihood depends on securing the consumer’s trust. It doesn’t matter whether your herd is large of small. Meat scientists estimate there are 542 potential consumers just for the steaks and roasts of a single beef animal. Your management at the cow-calf and stocker level makes a significant difference in whether or not those 542 consumers have a good, wholesome eating experience.

BQA is not about spending more money or buying into a here-today, gone-tomorrow trend. These proven beef quality practices are just better methods of doing the same jobs you’re already doing. The main focus of the program is food safety. Eliminating residues, blemishes and foreign objects is critical to maintaining consumer confidence and acceptance of beef as the protein of choice in their diet.

2020 BQA Cow Calf Award – IX Ranch, Montana – VIEW VIDEO

The IX Ranch covers over 126,000 acres and is located south-east of Big Sandy, MT in the mixed grass prairie of north central Montana and extends through the southern edge of the Bear Paw mountain range and east towards the Missouri River. The 4,300 head operation is run by the Roth family, just the second owners in the ranch’s 128-year history.

ONLINE CERTIFICATIONS – CLICK HERE

With 24/7 access to the online courses, you now have the opportunity to learn and get certified when and where it works best for you.

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VIRTUAL PRODUCER FORUM

Watch a recording of the recent BQA Producer Forum webinar that was hosted on August 6th.  Learn about recent program achievements and upcoming developments.

BQA RESOURCES – www.BQA.org

Access manuals, assessments, videos, and more to help you be BQA-ready!

VIDEO RESOURCES

“FOCAL POINT” DVD – BQA STOCK TRAILER TRANSPORTATION

This 45-minute training video covers cattle behavior and provides techniques for proper loading, unloading and driving when handling and transporting animals.

Animal Health

“FOCAL POINT” DVD – BQA INJECTION SITE

This video demonstrates the importance of proper administration of animal health products. It also discusses BQA practices that help reduce or eliminate avoidable injection site defects in beef.

Cattle Handling

CATTLE HANDLING ON COW-CALF OPERATIONS

How we handle our cattle impacts beef quality and when done correctly, beef quality goes up. Learn from leading experts on why it is so important and hear their tips on best practices.

MANUAL RESOURCES

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BQA National Manual

Formalized training materials which support the efforts of all state BQA coordinators to train their beef producers on the topics of BQA.

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BQA Field Guide

An interactive quick reference guide for cattle producers to find exactly the BQA information they are looking for.

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Antibiotic Stewardship for Beef Producers

Responsible antibiotic use is important to ensure that animal health technologies remain viable for the beef industry. It is key that judicious use protocols are developed so that animals are never marketed with residues and that cattlemen responsibly treat sick cattle.

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 FDA APPROVED DRUGS INFORMATION 

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Cattle Industry Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle

Cattlemen have long recognized the need to properly care for the animals under their care. This informative brochure illustrates sound animal husbandry practices to help farmers and ranchers ensure the wellbeing of the cattle under their care.

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ASSESSMENT RESOURCES

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BQA FEEDYARD ASSESSMENT

Booklet designed to help all cattle feeders benchmark their operations in areas such as animal welfare, cattle handling, record keeping, etc.  Created with the help of  representatives from the major cattle-feeding states.

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BQA STOCKER SELF ASSESSMENT

A companion booklet to the BQA Feedyard Assessment.  Designed to help all stockers benchmark their operations in areas such as animal welfare, cattle handling, record keeping, etc. Created with the help of representatives with extensive experience with stocker operations.

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BQA COW-CALF ASSESSMENT

Booklet designed to help all cow-calf producers benchmark their operations in areas such as animal welfare, cattle handling, record keeping, etc.

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BIOSECURITY TEMPLATES

Supplemental biosecurity documents found on SECURE BEEF SUPPLY WEBSITE

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BQA DAILY BIOSECURITY PLAN FOR DISEASE PREVENTION TEMPLATE

A template to help cattle producers create a customizable biosecurity plan for their operation. The template is available digitally as a fillable PDF or can be printed out for handwritten plans. Created in partnership with the Secure Beef Supply Plan.

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EXAMPLE BIOSECURITY PLAN – GARCIA RANCH

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GROUP TRAINING FORM

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ANIMAL MOVEMENT LOG

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VEHICLE/EQUIPMENT ENTRY AND DELIVERY LOG

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PEOPLE ENTRY LOG

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INPUTS/OUTPUTS TO THE OPERATION

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VETERINARIAN-CLIENT-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP FORM

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VETERINARY-CLIENT-PATIENT-RELATIONSHIP-BQA FORM

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Funded by Montana Beef Producers with Check-Off Dollars