Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. 

Producers have embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; but they have also gained through increased profitability. As an educating program, BQA helps producers identify

Why is BQA important?

BQA does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:

  • Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
  • Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.
  • Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
  • Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.
  • Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
  • Enhances herd profitability through better management.

Beef Checkoff supported BQA programs bring it all together.  While the BQA Manual provides a framework for program consistency, the states still determine the best programs for their producers.

How can you certify in BQA?

If you are interested in scheduling a BQA certification program for producers in your area, or would like to learn about upcoming BQA events in near you, contact Malorie Bankhead in the CCA office at (916) 444-0845.

You are always able to recertify through the Animal Care Training modules available here. You may choose the module that best describes your production practices, register, and complete the training. Be sure to email Malorie in the CCA office at a copy of your receipt or certificate so you can be added to the California BQA list.

How do I locate my BQA number?

Certification in BQA is only good for three years, at which point producers must attend an animal health workshop approved by CCA for recertification or attend a CCA BQA program.

If you have certified in the last three years and need to relocate your number, you can contact the CCA office at (916) 444-0845 and ask for Malorie.