During last week’s Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, the Beef Checkoff announced its 2016 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) awards, recognizing outstanding individuals who incorporate BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their operations. The program also honors key cattle industry influencers who promote BQA principles on a daily basis.

This year’s BQA Educator of the Year award went to veterinarian Bob Smith, who operates Veterinary Research & Consulting Services in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The seven-veterinarian practice group provides service to feedlot clients in nine states, overseeing health care for a combined one-time capacity for over 1 million cattle.

Dr. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and industry in 1968 a master's degree in animal science in 1970 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, all from K-State. He is board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. For 25 years, he was on clinical faculty at Oklahoma State University, where he held the McCasland Chair in Beef Health and Production. 

Dr. Smith has served as president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Western Veterinary Conference, and has edited both the Bovine Practitioner and the Veterinary Clinics of North America Food Animal Practice since 1999.

Other BQA honorees this year include:

·         Robyn Metzger, Wulf Cattle Company from Morris, Minn. (BQA Cow-Calf Award)

·         Steve Gabel, Magnum Feedyards from Wiggins, Colo. (BQA Feedyard Award)

·         Tricia Adams, Hoffman Farms from Shinglehouse, Penn. (BQA Dairy Award)

·         John & Leann Saunders, IMI Global from Castle Rock, Colo. (BQA Marketer Award)

Watch videos for each BQA award winner on the BQA YouTube page.

For more information about the beef checkoff or BQA program, visit www.bqa.org or www.MyBeefCheckoff.com.