Beef Quality Assurance Training

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. It also improves food safety, increases access to cattle markets, and enhances herd profitability.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)

Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training is hosted locally in Northwest Iowa by ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist Beth Doran throughout the year. 

View BQA Information and Upcoming Trainings

For more information, contact Beth Doran at 712-737-4230 or

Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT)

Beef cattle transporters are receiving notice from major packers reminding them to renew their Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certificate. To help them renew or obtain new certification, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer BQAT trainings across Northwest Iowa. 

BQAT certification was initiated several years ago by major packers. They require custom truckers and producers hauling cattle with their own semi or trailer to have a current BQAT card. The objectives are human safety, animal comfort, and transportation protocols to help provide a high-quality product for the consumer.”

Trainings are scheduled for the following dates and locations, with preregistration required to the phone number listed.

  • Aug. 9 – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Orange City. RSVP to 712-737-4230.
  • Nov. 29 – ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County Office, 209 Centennial Dr., Cherokee. RSVP to 712-225-6196.

All workshops are from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free to attend. Participants should preregister two days in advance of the workshop they plan to attend.

For those unable to attend a training, BQAT is available on-line at

For more information, contact Beth at 712-737-4230 or email