What Is the Beef Quality Assurance Program?
You may have heard about other producers being BQA certified or attending BQA training. BQA is an acronym for beef quality assurance, a certification program that aims to ensure that consumers are confident that cattle are raised with animal welfare as a priority and with food safety in mind. The national BQA program emphasizes that handling and raising cattle the right way is the only way.
BQA training teaches cattle producers identify potential hazards that could affect animal welfare or food safety before they become an issue through control points. For example, during the process of ensuring animal health and preventing diseases, treating a sick animal would be considered a control point. The goal of considering this control point would be to prevent the issues of antibiotic residue, or injection site lesions. Guidelines set forth by the North Carolina BQA program to prevent these issues include following all label instructions when administering vaccines or medications, unless otherwise instructed by a licensed veterinarian, and also keeping records of all vaccinations and treatments for all animals.
N.C. Cooperative Extension in Alamance County will be hosting a BQA training on May 27, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at https://go.ncsu.edu/bqa21 Registration closes May 23.