Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that raises consumer confidence by offering training in proper management techniques with a producer commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. See attached flyer for registration information: Flyer
Effective January 1, 2019, several large packers and processors will only purchase from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or National Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) certified farms. Buyers and stockyards will be confirming compliance at the point of sale.
Most dairy farms are already BQA certified with their completion of the National FARM program with their dairy processor. BQA equivalency documents for dairy farms include:
- Completed FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 or newer
- FARM Program supplied letter from cooperative or processor indicating completion of Version 3.0 or newer
- Signed Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) affidavit
What does this mean for dairy and beef farmers who sell cattle? You will need to complete certification training in either BQA or FARM, and submit paperwork declaring your date of certification and certification number or equivalency documents.
By attending an in-person training for BQA, you can become certified in BQA. Several BQA trainings are being offered locally by University of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture Agent, Sarah Mills-Lloyd.
January 29: Registration 12:30 pm, Training 1:00 pm
Shawano Library—Engle Room
128 S Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI 54166
January 30: Registration 12:30 pm, Training 1:00 pm
Birnamwood Matsche Center
326 Railroad Street, Birnamwood, WI 54414
February 13: Registration 10:00 am, Training 10:30 am
Florence Natural Resource Center
5628 Forestry Drive, Florence, WI 54121
February 16: Registration 12:30 pm, Training 1:00 pm
Gillett Community Center (Former BMO Harris Bank)
Building immediately east of Gillett Library, Gillett, WI 54124
Select the date and location that fits your schedule. The cost for the program is $15 per farm and payable at the door. Pre-registration for each session is preferred, but not mandatory one week prior to the meeting. Please call the UW-Extension Oconto County office (920) 834-6845 with name(s) of those attending. Each location will offer the same information, you only need to attend one complete session to become BQA certified. If you are unable to attend the in-person trainings, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification also available online at bqa.org.
For additional information about the upcoming BQA trainings, please contact Sarah Mills-Lloyd in the UW-Extension Oconto County office (920) 834-6845.