Brought to you by the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program and the Dairy Calf & Heifer Association.
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy BQA do more than just help beef and dairy producers capture more value from cattle they market. The beef checkoff-funded BQA program 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 that their market calves, 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
The BQA and DBQA programs bring it all together. These quality assurance programs focus on educating and training cattle producers, farm advisors and veterinarians on the issues in cattle food safety and quality. It also provides tools for verifying and documenting animal husbandry practices.
“The BQA and DBQA protocols and guidelines are good production practices to guarantee the quality of beef products for our consumers,” comments Dr. Dee Griffin, DVM and Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board member.
BQA certification is one way beef and dairy producers can show their commitment to providing a wholesome, quality product to consumers. Become BQA certified today.