What is BQA?
The Beef Quality Assurance Program's mission is to guide producers towards continuous improvement using science-based production practices that assure cattle well-being, beef quality and safety.
Beef Quality Assurance is a program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers of how good husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management conditions. BQA programs have evolved to include best practices around cattle handling, facility management, cattle transportation, good record keeping and protecting herd health, which all result in better outcomes for cattle and producers. Today, having an active BQA certification is more important than ever because the full beef supply chain is leveraging the program to ensure our commitment to food safety, cattle well-being, and beef quality.
Taking responsibility…because it’s our job, not someone else’s.
Empowering people…because producers can make a difference.
Working together…because product safety and wholesomeness is everyone’s business.
"In cattle care, there are no most valuable players; everyone is important."
Dr. Gary Cowman
former executive NCBA
"If it's not right, make it right."
past president NCBA
“The efforts of BQA across the nation have been instrumental in recent successes that continue to re-build and sustain beef demand.”
“BQA reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry.”
“BQA principles are based on good management practices that are standard operating procedures designed to meet the United States food production system's needs.”
"The BQA program gives us a roadmap for managing stress. It's good cattle wellbeing and financial sustainability of our operations. It also promotes consumer trust."
Dr. Christine Navarre
Louisiana BQA State Coordinator
“BQA is a process of figuring out what could go wrong, planning to avoid it - then validating and documenting what you have done. BQA is just a part of good business.”
Retired Professor and Veterinary Educator, BQA Pioneer
"Today’s consumers have greater interest in how their beef is raised and the practices behind it. Programs like BQA help bring our customers and beef community closer together in that understanding, building trust to ensure a sustainable future for our industry."
President of Certified Angus Beef