Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program that provides guidelines for beef and dairy cattle production by ensuring they are managed in a manner that will result in a safe and wholesome product. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.
Kentucky Beef Quality and Care Assurance, (KY-BQCA) is a program developed by the University of Kentucky that includes educational information from Kentucky specialists and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association Beef Quality Assurance Program mentioned above.
This educational program is designed to inform producers of best management practices for handling cattle and providing for their general well-being, while keeping farmers safe and continuing to supply healthy beef to consumers.
Upon successful completion, course participants will be certified in Beef Quality Assurance, receive a KY-BQCA card, receive a certified farm sign, as well as other beneficial materials.
There is a $5 fee required for certification that has to be paid by check and made out to the Kentucky Beef Network.
The farm signs are an additional $5. KY-BQCA Certification is good for 3 years.
After three years, recertification is required as issues in the industry change.
This recertification process provides an opportunity for producers to be updated on the current challenges, so they can make management changes to address those challenges.
Every aspect of the KY-BQCA program is designed to add value to your cattle as we move into the information based marketing system of the future.
The way you capture this value is to continually improve management on the farm, market wisely with the information you have and monitor and record information that will both protect you against liability and add value to your product.
Currently, we have a BQCA training scheduled for Friday, January 20th at 8:30 am at the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service.
If you need the certification for CAIP and this time does not work for you please contact me at 270-358-3401 or email@example.com and we will work with you to get you certified.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.