The countdown has begun for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free through Oct. 31. And, as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a new cooler and grilling package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff.

Become BQA-certified for free through Oct. 31Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for every person completing BQA certification through Oct. 31. That includes anyone who works with cattle – whether it is beef or dairy. Visit www.bqa.org/team to take advantage of the open certification period.

The winner of the cooler and grilling package will be drawn from anyone who is certified between Sept. 1-Oct. 31. Watch for an announcement of the winner on Facebook.

“We are honored to be able to support the cattle industry through this sponsorship,” says Steve Boren, executive director of the U.S. Cattle and Equine Business Segments for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. “We do this because it is the right thing for the animal, for the producer and for the consumer.”

About BQA

The BQA program is important to the cattle industry as it gives producers a set of best practices for producing a safe and high quality beef product. And for dairy producers, this offering also is beneficial as a tool to promote safe animal-handling practices and because a large percentage of dairy calves, as well as market cows, make their way into the food chain.

The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of each segment of the cattle industry – cow-calf, stocker, feedyard and dairy operations. The program covers best management practices such as proper handling and administration of vaccinations and other products, eliminating injection site blemishes, and better cattle-handling principles.

More than 11,000 producers took advantage of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.’s BQA certification partnership during the first two offerings, last year and earlier this year. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.’s partnership also includes financial support of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, which developed the certification module.

To become BQA-certified, or learn more about the program, visit www.bqa.org/team. To learn more about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.