Free Online Beef Quality Assurance Certification Available

Free Online Beef Quality Assurance Certification Available

Iowa beef cattle producers are reminded the opportunity to get certified for BQA at no cost to them ends on March 15.

Are you doing your part for the beef cattle industry by getting your operation Beef Quality Assurance certified? "If you haven't yet become BQA certified, have we got a deal for you!" says Doug Bear of the Iowa Beef Industry Council in Ames. "But you have to start now. This free offer ends on March 15."

START NOW: Cattle producers can become certified in the Beef Quality Assurance program at no cost to them if they go online and complete the first lesson before March 15. Then after March 15, once you complete all the study modules and pass the quizzes, you will become BQA certified—for free. But you have to start the course before March 15.

The checkoff-funded BQA program is giving you the chance to become certified for free, thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the Beef Cattle Institute housed at Kansas State University. The cost of BQA certification is normally $25 to $50. However, between February 11, 2013 and March 15, 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim will defray the cost of the certification, making the online modules available for free for all beef and dairy producers.

"Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations more efficient and productive," says Bear, who is the BQA coordinator for Iowa. "The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry's commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day. The BQA Program is instrumental to building beef demand for our beef cattle industry."

Online BQA program has easy-to-use modules; you need to start before March 15

The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations, he explains. These easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques they can apply to their operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table.

Those cattle producers who are interested in taking advantage of this final offer for the free online BQA certification opportunity should start at the Boehringer Ingelheim website before March 15. Select Beef Quality Assurance & Cattle Care and choose one of the eighteen categories available, register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed by you and after you have passed the quizzes successfully, you will become BQA certified! For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa's BQA coordinator at doug@iabeef.org or 515-296-2305.

Producer-directed and consumer-focused, the Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit the Iowa Beef Industry Council website.

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