Wisconsin Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training Available

There will be an in-person Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training on October 26, at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W Walworth St, Elkhorn.  Check-in at 5:00 p.m., starts at 5:30 p.m., ends by 8:30 p.m. No walk-ins will be allowed. Event flyer can be found here: BQA Flyer.

Due to limited capacity, it is encouraged that one individual per farm attend the in-person meetings. The individual attending the meeting will hold the BQA certification; family members and employees are covered by that certification when it is filed with the market(s). It is each individuals’ responsibility to share certification details with markets. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/2hr5karf or call Jim Versweyveld at 262-741-4962.

The voluntary Beef Quality Assurance Program assists in raising, feeding, and harvesting high quality beef. By participating in BQA and adopting BQA production practices, you are helping to answer the call from the packers’ consumers, for safe beef raised in a humane manner.

Buyers representing some large packers and processors (including Tyson) will only purchase from farms selling beef breed type finished cattle that are BQA or FARM Certified. Your current BQA Certification maintains interest from buyers of beef breed type finished cattle. At this time, buyers of dairy type finished cattle, beef and dairy cull cows and bulls, or feeder calves are not requiring proof of BQA certification. Talk with your market about sharing your BQA certification status with them.

In-person BQA sessions are intended for those who cannot complete their free online certification available at BQA.org, https://www.bqa.org/beef-quality-assurance-certification/online-certifications

*Note that for all Extension meetings, masks and social distancing may be required.  Individuals not willing to comply will be asked to leave.

WHO:  Producers selling beef breed finished cattle

WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 5:30 – 8:30pm

WHERE: Walworth County Government Center, 100 W Walworth St., Elkhorn WI

COST: Free of charge, but you must pre-register by October 19, 2021

REGISTER: Online at  https://tinyurl.com/2hr5karf or call the Extension Walworth County office at (262) 741-4962