January 29th, 2019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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: 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.
Shawano Library (Engel Room), 128 S Sawyer St, Shawano WI 54166