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.

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The Bud Box for those of you not familiar with one …

The Bud Box – For those of you not familiar with one, is a low stress, humane way of handling cattle when working them. This concept for working cattle was developed by Bud Williams. Where most corrals are designed to work against what an animal naturally wants to do, the bud box design takes advantage of two distinctive cattle behaviors. When blocked cattle want to return from where they came, and animals prefer to go around something they feel pressure from. Cattle handlers normally push cattle from behind so the concept of applying pressure from the outside – for some people – can take some getting used to. We can personally confirm that once you've used one you'll never want to go back to anything else. We have modified every set of corrals on the ranch so they all contain bud boxes. You can work cattle off a horse (as in this video) or on foot as not everyone uses horses. In the future I'll post another video of us using the Bud Box, this time on foot. If you have any questions, thoughts, comments, let us know! #thinkoutsidethebox #meyercompanyranch Horsemanship @tristenjbaroni Meyer Company Ranch Horses

Posted by Meyer Company Ranch on Thursday, September 27, 2018





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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • National BQA Manual  – Formalized training materials which support the efforts of all state BQA coordinators to train their beef producers on the topics of BQA.
  • 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. FDA approved Drugs Information
  • 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 well being of the cattle under their care.
  • Transportation Quality Assurance Program – Program designed to strengthen existing “Master Cattle Transporter” programming to include a certification component developed to service the needs of truckers who transport both cattle and hogs.
  • Supplemental Guidelines to the National BQA Manual – Updated in 2014 to supplement the National BQA Manuals for both Beef and Dairy.
  • A Beef Producers Guide for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle – Guidelines adapted from AVMA, AABP, and AVC Appropriate Veterinary Antibiotic Use Guidelines.
  • BQA Advisory Statement on the Use of Pneumatic Dart Guns – This is an advisory statement since there are no BQA guidelines for the administration of injectable drugs/products by the use of pneumatic darts or other similar methods.

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