Checkoff-Funded Effort is a Resource for Responsible Cattle Management

An official manual for the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program that is both detailed and extensive is now being distributed nationwide throughout the cattle industry. The manual and the BQA program are both managed by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program.

The 124-page manual addresses topics such as food safety, animal well-being, worker safety and environmental stewardship. It provides specific information to help producers approach management decisions in a way that acknowledges a responsibility to the animals, consumers, the environment and the larger beef industry.

The manual includes the most current set of key practices, guidelines and suggestions for providing thoughtful and responsible cattle management. A helpful resource for cattle producers and others in the industry, it is the foundation for training and certification programs offered nationally and by many states.

“In the Beef Quality Assurance Program, we have a slogan that the right way is the only way,” according to BQA Advisory Group Chair, Bob Smith, DVM. “At the same time, we recognize that no two cattle operations are the same. And no program or manual could ever compile all of the “do’s” and “don’ts” that would completely constitute the ‘right way’.”

For more information, read this NCBA news release online.

Source: NCBA news release