More than 50,000 cattle producers have been certified through the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program since the online learning system was first offered nearly two years ago. Tens of thousands now have become BQA-certified either in-person or online, with an estimated 80% of the U.S. fed beef supply touched by BQA-certified operations.
Online courses offer a chance to become certified at any time. Three options exist – cow-calf, stocker/backgrounder and feedyard – to deliver a program that most closely aligns with the individual’s area of emphasis. Certifications also are available in Spanish. To become BQA certified, go to www.bqa.org.
The checkoff-funded BQA program is a nationally coordinated, state implemented platform that provides information to U.S. beef producers. It illustrates to producers how animal husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA certification is designed to instill consumer trust in the entire beef supply chain.