BQA Guidelines and National Manual


The National BQA Guidelines and the National Manual for all cattle producers (beef and dairy) outline areas of cattle management and record keeping.  These guidelines were developed more than 10 years ago, but have been updated periodically to reflect new information (i.e., recent quality audit results), new technologies (i.e., electronic identification systems) and new regulations (i.e., ruminant–derived feed ban).

Download the National Manual here.
Download the National Best Management Practices PowerPoint slides here.

“The BQA Guidelines and Code of Conduct are overarching guidelines to provide some consistency across the state programs.  They are good production practices to guarantee the quality of beef products,” says Dr. Dee Griffin, DVM.  Adds Bill Mies, “The best management practices are actually the most efficient.  With BQA, we spend more time upfront to have a higher quality product and more profitability.”

Feed Additives and Medications
Processing/Treatment and Record
Injectable Animal Health Products
Care and Husbandry Practices
Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle  

Click the links to learn more about the National Guidelines for each topic.


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