Beef Quality Assurance certification concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality. No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer. BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently. We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.
UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska. The position is a partnership between University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council.
Upcoming BQA Trainings/Certification (All Times Are Local Time Zone)
August 6 – Fordyce – Parish Hall-St John The Baptist – BQA 4:00-6:00 p.m., Meal 6:00, BQA Transportation 6:30-8:30 p.m.
August 7 – Albion – Events Center-Fairgrounds – BQA 4:00-6:00 p.m., BQA Transportation 6:30-8:30 p.m.
August 26 – Broken Bow – 4-H Building, Fairgrounds – BQA 4:00-6:00 p.m., BQA Transportation 6:30-8:30 p.m.
August 29 – Bridgeport – TBA – BQA 4:00-6:00 p.m.
More BQA Trainings are being scheduled and posted ASAP to bqa.unl.edu. Call Rob Eirich for more information at 308-632-1230, Nebraska Extension Office, or Local Veterinarians.