According to Beth Doran, beef program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, the goals of BQA and BQAT are to provide the consumer with a safe and high-quality product, while attending to best management practices in animal husbandry, environmental stewardship and safety.
“BQA certification is required for feedlot producers selling cattle to major packers and at most local livestock auctions,” said Beth Doran, beef program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “BQAT certification is mandatory for all producers and transporters hauling cattle directly to a major packing plant on their trailer but is not a requirement for producers and transporters hauling cattle to a local livestock auction.”
Both BQA and BQAT certification is active for three years from the date of issuance.
Workshop attendees may select which sessions (BQA or BQAT) they would like to attend at each site. The BQA certification training is from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The BQA Transportation training is from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided between the two sessions.
There is no charge to attend BQA training; however, there will be a $25 certification fee for BQAT. Participants are encouraged to register by June 9 and June 12, respectively, with ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County at 712-262-2264 for the June 11 training or ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County at 712-737-4230 for the June 16 training.
The Iowa BQA program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff, and the education is delivered as a joint effort with the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Both BQA and BQAT certification are also available on-line at https://bqa.beeflearningcenter.org/ and there is no cost for either on-line program.
For more information, Doran may be reached at 712-737-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dickinson County ISU Extension Office