Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering for the third consecutive year free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural educators, and students from February 1 – April 15, 2016. 

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. 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 to build beef demand.

The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques they can apply to their operation to produce safe, wholesome, and nutritious beef. 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 interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity should start at for the online modules. Click on Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Cattle Care or one of the other eighteen categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assurance–recommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified!

For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA Coordinator at [email protected] or 515-296-2305.