The beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is about doing things right in regards to cattle care and management, which helps producers raise safe, wholesome, quality beef. When producers implement the best management practices of the BQA program, they know that their market steers, heifers, cows and bulls are the best they can be. And, their veterinarians play a key role as beef and dairy producers’ partners in executing BQA management practices on the farm, ranch, dairy and feedlot.
For more than 25 years, the BQA program has provided the beef industry with valuable animal care tools based on sound animal husbandry practices, decades of practical experience and scientific research. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare, and the BQA program has resources to help establish and benchmark animal care.
BQA self-assessments are valuable tools for benchmarking BQA practices and are available for each segment of the industry — cow-calf, stocker and feedlot. The self-assessment project was a producer-led initiative developed as an on-site educational tool for benchmarking key factors of animal care, record keeping, facilities and management protocols, and was developed by industry representatives and veterinarians to provide a practical review of BQA in the field.
The goal of the checkoff-funded effort is to help create a higher level of trust with consumers.