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Free Online BQA Certification through April 15

Free Online BQA Certification through April 15

BQA TrainingCattle ranchers have a great training opportunity for both themselves, and their employees.  For a limited time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc (BIVI) is covering the cost of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training.  BQA is more than just giving shots correctly.  BQA means training everyone who works in the beef industry about humane animal handling, proper drug administration, record keeping to ensure proper drug withdrawal, and many other practices that ensure the consumer gets a safe product with consistent eating quality.  It is how the Beef Industry shows the consumer that we care about the food they eat.  There is a great deal of fear in America today about foods and food production techniques.  BQA certification is how the cattle industry can make a statement that cattlemen do things the right way.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), is covering the cost of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification through April 15, 2016. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage the free BQA certification online through April 15, 2016, courtesy of BIVI and the BQA program, which is funded by the beef checkoff. Register today and complete your certification at your own convenience.

The Cow/Calf Beef Quality Assurance is a series of 17 online training modules.  The Cow/Calf package covers information specific to the needs of today’s cow/calf producers including up-to-date information on weaning and preconditioning of calves, handling and culling, herd health plans, calf management, and humane euthanasia.

  1. Animal Abuse
  2. The Care and Handling of Non-Ambulatory Cattle
  3. Humane Euthanasia of Cattle
  4. BQA Goals
  5. Beef Quality Assurance Herd Health Plan Guidelines
  6. Best Management Practices – Feed Additives and Medication
  7. Best Management Practices- Animal Treatments and Health Maintenance
  8. Residue Avoidance
  9. Parasite Control
  10. Best Management Practices – Record Keeping and Inventory Control
  11. Animal Handling
  12. Weaning and Preconditioning
  13. Calf Management Practices
  14. Handling and Culling
  15. Best Management Practices – Foreign Object Avoidance
  16. Vaccinology
  17. The Cattle Industry’s Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle

Use the following link to access the online BQA Certification modules.  Use the coupon code BIVIBQA during checkout for free BQA training.

Online BQA Certification


Why should you be BQA Certified?

BQA does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:

  • Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
  • Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.
  • Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
  • Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.
  • Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
  • Enhances herd profitability through better management.



Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.

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