At the 2012 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual meeting in Nashville, Dee Griffin, DVM, MS, University of Nebraska, received the Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year award. This award was open to individuals or companies that provide high quality and innovative training to individuals that care and handle cattle throughout the industry chain.

Griffin has been a BQA Certified Trainer in Nebraska and served on Nebraska’s BQA Advisory Board since the program’s inception in 1987. He started the first “Train the Trainer” sessions in Nebraska and has traveled from one end of the state to the other educating BQA Trainers. Griffin has single-handedly trained 250 BQA Trainers in Nebraska and has personally certified over 1,000 producers.

One nominator says of Griffin: “In the early 1980s, the beef industry realized a need for Beef Quality Assurance. Dr. Griffin was one of the pioneers that helped that idea become a reality. Dr. Griffin volunteered his time and resources to help develop the BQA standards and program. Dr. Griffin never gave up, and to this day he continues to help educate, advise and promote Beef Quality Assurance.”

The National BQA award winners are selected annually by a committee of representatives from universities, state beef councils and cattle industry groups. Other 2012 BQA winners were Wayne Fahsholtz, Padlock Ranch of Ranchester, Wyo. (beef); Logan Bower, Pleasant View Farms of Blain, Pa. (dairy); and Morris Larson, General Manager of Spencer Livestock Sales, Spencer, Iowa (Marketer of the Year). Watch videos of each producer BQA award winner on the BQA YouTube page.