For the second year, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is excited to partner with the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program and sponsor BQA certification for all producers who enroll through April 15.
BIVI 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. BQA is important to the cattle industry as it gives producers a set of best practices for producing a safe and high-quality beef product. It also gives consumers the assurance that the beef they eat is both healthy and wholesome.
“Some of the challenges that beef producers face is having all of their employees become BQA certified,” says Dr. Jerry Woodruff, Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. “BIVI’s partnership with BQA helps offset some of those expenses, and we encourage producers and their employees to use the web-based training programs.”
The BQA certification modules are customized to fit 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.
“We have seen good evidence that a calmer animal stays healthier and provides a much better product in the tenderness of the meat,” Dr. Woodruff adds. “In addition to those practices listed above, BQA also covers better record keeping, better management of feedstuffs, etc. Those things also make for a much better product in the end. Those are all part of the very extensive best management practices that are taught in the BQA program.”
More than 3,500 producers took advantage of BIVI’s BQA certification sponsorship in 2013. John Paterson, NCBA executive director of producer education, says,ß “We partnered with BIVI because we believe their Prevention Works platform fits well within the BQA mission. And, sponsoring certification shows their dedication to the future of the industry.”
BIVI’s sponsorship also includes financial support of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, which developed the certification module. BIVI is also sponsoring the National Beef Quality Assurance awards and the Educator of the Year award.
“We are honored to be able to support the cattle industry through this partnership,” says Dave Korbelik, Director of US Cattle Marketing for BIVI. “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.