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.
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.
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:
For BQA and Beef Cattle Care on-line training, visit animalcare training.org. The completion of the comprehensive on-line BQA training (28 modules) 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 www.bqa.org.
Dr. Mike Baker, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, Cornell University
Carol Gillis, Executive Director, New York Beef Council
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
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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