Did you know ...

... you can join the BQA team?

The beef industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do, and certification shows producers’ commitment to raising the best beef possible. And for a second year, the checkoff-funded BQA program is offering beef producers the chance to become certified at no cost, thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the Beef Cattle Institute, housed at Kansas State University. The cost of BQA certification normally is $25 to $50; from now until April 15, 2014, however, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will defray the cost of the certification or recertification, making it free.

BQA online programs are customized for cow/calf, stocker, feedlot and dairy operations. Developed and managed by the Beef Cattle Institute, these easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques that can be applied to cattle operations and used as training tools for employees.

The online certification process is simple: Watch the 5- to 20-minute modules; take the corresponding online quiz; and print out your BQA certificate. BQA certification is good for three years and, once certified, participants receive a reminder email one month prior to their certification expiration.

Here is a sample course for your review: BQA: Calf Management Practices

Visit www.bqa.org/team to start today.