Audio with Josh White - BIVI BQA Partnership
The Beef Quality Assurance Program has become a key beef industry initiative to improve the beef supply chain and increase consumer understanding of the industry’s commitment to the end product. According to Josh White, executive director of producer education at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a beef checkoff contractor, a key industry partner is stepping up to make it even easier for producers to become BQA certified.
“For the past several years Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica has come alongside the Beef Quality Assurance Program to sponsor free online training and certification. Most states recognize this certification. It provides a unique opportunity for folks who may not have an opportunity to get to a live training in their state, for a live face-to-face training with their state coordinators or extension personnel. They still have the opportunity to get that training through the online program.” (26 seconds)
White says if producers want to take advantage of this free offer from Boehringer, they have two weeks to sign up and get started.
“If you sign up by April 15, you’ll be ready to start training and certification. You don’t have to complete it by April 15; that’s one of the real beauties of the program, is that you can do one or two of the modules and then take a break, come back to it.” (15 seconds)
According to White, the BQA program is designed to apply to just about every segment of the cattle industry.
“Anybody that handles cattle or that’s around cattle should go through the training. You don’t have to be a cattle owner necessarily; maybe some cattle member has some cattle – even kids showing calves would find the training useful. It is divided up into different segments, so if you’re a cow-calf guy there’s a track for cow-calf; stocker or backgrounder and then feedyard. There’s also, if you’re running a feedmill, there’s a track there for training on that as well. There’s also transportation training, also dairy producer training. So many, many of the folks who go on with the free coupon end up taking multiple trainings, because once you get in there you realize how much great information is available.” (41 seconds)
Most producers who have been at it for any length of the time will find the training familiar, but useful.
“For most folks that have been raising cattle for a long time it will be a review. But I think any time I’ve gone through any of the online programs I’ve noticed something through the training that I’ve forgotten or that I didn’t notice was there before. And just like anything that you don’t pick up and look at maybe every day it’s a good refresher for those of us that have been around the industry for a long time. For those that are new to the industry it’s a great first step to make sure you’re doing things right at the farm.” (27 seconds)
For more information on the free online BQA training and certification being offered free through the partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica, go to bqa dot org slash team.
The cattle industry’s Beef Quality Assurance program is funded by the Beef Checkoff Program. Projects conducted through the beef checkoff must be approved by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.