It’s safe to say that the philosophies behind the beef quality assurance (BQA) program are sound and work. It’s also safe to say that the BQA program has been one of the most successful efforts in recent times to help individual cattlemen and the beef industry collectively give consumers the assurance they’re looking for that their beef is safe and wholesome.
And now, for the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is giving beef producers who haven’t yet become BQA certified, or want to recertify, a chance to join the growing crowd for free. BIVI is supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified or recertified during this period. Visit www.BIVI-BQA.com to take advantage of the open certification period.
The BQA program is important to the cattle industry as it gives producers a set of best practices for producing a safe and high quality beef product. And for dairy producers, this offering is also beneficial as a large percentage of dairy calves and market cows make their way into the food chain.
The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of each segment of the cattle industry – cow-calf, stocker, feedyard and dairy operations. The program covers best management practices such as proper handling and administration of vaccinations and other products, eliminating injection site blemishes, and better cattle-handling principles.
"One of the challenges that beef producers face is having all of their employees become BQA certified," says Jerry Woodruff, professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. "Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.'s partnership with BQA helps offset some of those expenses, and we encourage producers and their employees to use the web-based training programs."
More than 11,000 producers have taken advantage of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.'s BQA certification sponsorship. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.’s sponsorship also includes financial support of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, which developed the certification module.
"We are honored to be able to support the cattle industry through this sponsorship," says Steve Boren, executive director of the U.S. Cattle and Equine Business Segments for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. "BQA education aligns with Prevention Works, our focus of preventing disease in cattle. We do this because it is the right thing for the animal, for the producer and for the consumer."
To become BQA certified, or learn more about the program, visit www.BIVI-BQA.com.