History of BQA

There is consensus among most industry analysts that BQA efforts across the nation have been instrumental in recent successes in re-building beef demand. It’s also been recognized that implementation of BQA practices provides cattlemen an important tool in avoiding additional and burdensome government regulation.

The precursor to BQA, “Beef Safety Assurance” originally emphasized targeting real and perceived beef safety issues. Measures were successfully implemented, including educating stakeholders about proper use of pharmaceutical products and the honoring of withdrawal times.

Dee Griffin, DVM and associate professor, Great Plains Veterinary Education Center, University of Nebraska, was among the BQA pioneers. “It’s a process of figuring out what could go wrong, planning to avoid it – then validating and documenting what you have done,” Griffin says. “BQA is just part of good business.”

Timeline


  • Late 1970's

    Precursor to BQA, Beef Safety Assurance, started

  • Early 1980's

    The precursor aimed at assuring the beef was free of volatile chemical residues

  • 1985

    Modeled HACCP plan after Pillsbury's plan

  • Early 1990's

    BQA programs funded by check off began in states

  • 1991

    First National Beef Quality Audit

  • 1994

    First National Market Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audit

  • Fall
    2006

    Transportation BQA Manual

  • Fall
    2008

    National BQA Trainers Manual

  • 2009

    BQA Awards Program Initiated

  • Spring 2009

    BQA Feedyard Assessment

  • Fall 2009

    Dairy BQA Manual

  • Fall 2010

    BQA Stocker/Cow-Calf/Seedstock Assessments