Are You BQA Certified?

Beef Quality Assurance is a set of best practices for producing a safe and high-quality beef product. It’s also aimed at assuring consumers that the beef they eat is both healthy and wholesome. This week’s online poll question is: “Are you BQA certified?” Leave your thoughts about BQA in the comments section after voting. By the way, you can get BQA certified for free until April 15. Learn more here.

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Anonymous
on Feb 26, 2014

I'm not BQA certified, but I try to follow BQA guidelines as closely as possible. I personally believe BQA is a good thing.

Anonymous
on Feb 24, 2014

The BQA certification is not anything that most of us did not do. What it is, it tells the people that buy our products that we know how to handle and take care of the cattle. The public has a conception of what cattle producers are and this helps our image.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2014

I agree with a couple of others. What does BQA do for me? I have taken the BQA course three or four times over the years and Okla. at least provides you with card stating you are certified ...Kans. nothing other than you paid for it. To me it is just common sense on how you do things.

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

We have let our BQA certification lapse because of the bookkeeping nightmare with handling 4-5000 head per year. Never saw a premium in selling BQA cattle anyway. If a premium shows up we will try it again.

Anonymous
on Feb 22, 2014

FYI supposedly big corporations like McDonalds, CostCo and others are going to be or already are buying beef thats handled with low stress methods.

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

We have been certified for several years. It is a valuable tool in producing healthy cattle for the market. I do have a problem getting enough credits each year. If we are unable to attend the TSWCA conference where several credits are given, there is usually not enough local programs to meet the requirement.

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

Yes, BUT! I have a certificate in hand, but now am getting mixed signals about how I can use it for my operation. Can I put the BQA logo on my website? Can I use it on any printed literature? OR does someone need to come out and look at my operation first to see if we're in compliance. What does it do for me beyond highlighting consumer marketing and cattle handling sensitivities -- which is OK, too, but would rather my CheckOff dollars helped me directly with value-added in some way...

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

The premise is good. The only thing that bothers me is the good producers do not need certified and the bad ones don.t really change anyway, And I have been charged to be certified by someone who I do not think is near as qualified as people on my own operation.

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

The BQA program has added significant gains to the calves I market.

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

I have confidence in the calves and cattle that leave our ranch that they are healthy, sound, and will do well in any environment. This assurance is due to the educational value of the BQA program.

Anonymous
on Feb 21, 2014

a MUST for the "sustainability" part of our industry....

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