Beef Quality Assurance Sessions Offered in Northeast Iowa

Beef producers can ensure top performance through certification

May 21, 2024, 2:39 pm | Denise Schwab

Livestock trailer.VINTON, Iowa – Beef producers in northeast Iowa are encouraged to check their Beef Quality Assurance certification expiration date to be sure they can continue to sell their cattle. BQA is required for producers who sell cattle to Tyson Foods, Cargill and Iowa Premium, as well as several other beef processors and select sale barns. Certification must be renewed every three years to maintain sales eligibility.

Seven BQA dates and locations are scheduled in the northeast Iowa area and are for both initial certification and recertification. At the end of the meeting, all participants will become BQA certified.

"Please check for preregistration information for the site you want to attend," said Denise Schwab, a beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. "Some sessions include a meal and having those numbers is important for planning."

Schwab said the BQA certification meetings will focus on changes in packer requirements and information that cattle producers must provide to market cattle. This certification assures consumers that the beef they are eating is a safe, a high-quality product and is produced in a responsible manner, considering animal welfare and the environment.

These sessions are for BQA only unless Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is specifically listed.

  • June 18. BQA, St. Donatus Parish Center, St. Donatus. Program begins at 6 p.m. Preregister by calling B & G Feed Service at 563-773-8801.
  • June 26. BQA, Buzzy’s, 414 Main St., Welton. Program begins at 5 p.m. Preregister by calling ISU Extension and Outreach Clinton County at 563-659-5125 by June 21.
  • June 28. BQA, Waverly Sales Company, 2212 5th Avenue NW, Waverly. Burgers at noon, meeting start at 1 p.m. Preregister by calling Waverly Sales Co. at 319-352-2804.
  • July 9. BQA, Equity Livestock, 1645 Highway 76 North, Waukon. Dinner at 6 p.m., training starts at 6:30 p.m. Preregister by July 8 by calling Equity Livestock at 563-568-4501.
  • Aug. 19. BQA with BQAT following, Tama Livestock Auction, 1908 E 5th St., Tama. Program begins at 6 p.m. Preregister by Aug. 13 by calling the Tama Livestock Auction at 641-484-3465.
  • Aug. 21. BQA, American Legion, 121 Bryant St., Walcott. Meal at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. Preregister by Aug. 15 by calling Walcott Vet Clinic at 563-284-6233. Walcott Vet Clinic will cover the cost of the meal for their clients. Non-clients: $10-12/person for the meal.
  • Aug. 28-29. NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship, Grant County Fairgrounds, 916 E. Elm St, Lancaster, Wisconsin. Program begins at 1 p.m. Registration required.
  • Sept. 18. BQA, Decorah Sales Commission, 2123 Madison Rd, Decorah. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. To register, call Decorah Sales Commission at 563-382-4203.

Iowa’s BQA certification program utilizes industry partnerships to extend its reach across Iowa and is funded with beef checkoff dollars. The BQA program has helped inform industry representatives and beef producers about the latest management practices such as proper injection site techniques, recordkeeping practices, and new industry on-farm BQA Assessments; and helped consumers become more aware of the extra efforts taken by Iowa producers to deliver safe, wholesome beef.

For more information on BQA or any of these sessions, contact Schwab by email at or call 319-721-9624.

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