New York Beef Quality Assurance 

What is Beef Quality Assurance?

The national BQA Program was initiated in 1987 to provide cattle farmers and ranchers with science based management practices that enhance carcass quality and beef safety and improve animal care. BQA works to protect consumer confidence in our beef supply and to return more profits to producers. Participation in the program is voluntary. BQA principals influence the management practices of more than 90 percent of cattle. 

The Mid-Atlantic Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Alliance is a coalition of BQA programs in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Maine, Vermont and New Jersey to provide similar BQA training and standards to beef and dairy producers in the region. While each state program has its own components, the program core principles are the same. The Mid-Atlantic Alliance serves a combined total of more than 5.7 million cattle in eight states. 

Who Should be Certified?

All individuals who have the opportunity to influence the quality and handling of cattle, including owners, farm workers, junior producers, animal science students and allied industry partners. 

NY BQA Has Two Certification Levels:

Level I Requirements:

• Attend a classroom training or self-study and complete the BQA test.
• Attend a chute-side training.
• Sign the BQA contract.

Level II Requirements:

• Level I requirements plus
• Establish a Veterinary/Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR).
Certification is valid for 3 years.

Topics covered during the training include:

  • Animal care and handling
  • Feedstuffs
  • Feed Additives and medications
  • Processing and treatment records
  • Injections and animal health products

    Producers who complete Level II Certification receive a Certified Producer wallet card and the opportunity to purchase a BQA Certified Producer gate sign.

    To get started toward certification contact:
    Katherine Brosnan, NY Beef Council at or 315.339.6922
    Dr. Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist at or 607.255.5923
    For Training dates and other Educational programs visit the Cornell Beef Management website.

On-line Training

 The completion of the comprehensive on-line BQA training can replace the classroom training requirement for certification in the NY BQA program. All other NY requirements must be met for NY BQA Certified Producer status.  

To learn more about the National BQA program visit

BQA Advisory Committee

Dr. Mike Baker, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, Cornell University

Katherine Brosnan, Director of Industry Relations and Consumer Promotions, New York Beef Council

Dr. Dave Wilson, DVM and producer, Geneva

Nancy Glazier, North West New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, Cornell Cooperative Extension 

Amy Pyra, 4-H Youth Educator, Wayne County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Amy Cornwell, Territory Business Manager, Zoetis Inc.

Dr. Cricket Johnson, DVM Division of Animal Industry, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Dr. Jake Martin, producer and NYBPA representative, Canandaigua


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