Today’s consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and how it was raised, and those conversations are happening in our local and virtual communities. The beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program can be a positive influence on this conversation, as it provides research, training and certification that helps farmers, ranchers and dairymen — your clients — provide the best care for their cattle.
The BQA certification program helps beef and dairy producers demonstrate their commitment to the industry. There are a number of ways people can get certified, from local face-to-face meetings to online courses hosted by state BQA programs, like those in Texas and North Dakota, or by visiting the Animal Care Training center.
The Animal Care Training (ACT) program provides online training for your producer-clients as well as transportation providers and livestock marketers. It also provides you an opportunity to earn online continuing education (CE) units from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). The ACT site hosts over 100 training modules and 200 CE modules for veterinarians in easy-to-access, web-based, audiovisual training sessions, which are available in English and Spanish.
As you encourage your clients to become BQA trained and certified, remember it’s simple: Register at the ACT site; purchase the desired training modules; watch the 5- to-20-minute modules; take the corresponding online quiz; and then print out the certificate. The BQA certification is good for three years and once certified, participants receive a reminder email one month prior to their certification expiration. And, new courses are continuously added to the site.
Here are some sample courses for your review:
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