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IOWA BEEF QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM


BQA Online Certification

Are you looking to get BQA Certified, but want to do it from home? Do chores have you too busy to come to town for a BQA training event? Online training options are now available from anywhere, and Iowa qualifies! Get started today.

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Iowa BQA Regional Educators

Iowa BQA Coordinator - IBIC Director of Industry Relations | 515-296-2305 

Iowa Beef Specialists
 
Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 3 Educator - Russ Euken, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 11 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 21 Educator - Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 25 Educator - Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 18 Educator - Patrick Wall, ISU Beef Specialist 

Upcoming BQA Events

Earn your BQA Certification at one of our upcoming BQA Workshops.

Are you looking to get BQA Certified, but want to do it from home? Online training options are now available from anywhere, and Iowa qualifies! Get started today.

williamsburg, IA

thursday, February 22nd 2024 |  5:30 p.m. 

Gathering Room
350 West Evans St.
Williamsburg, IA 52361

For more information: Contact Aaron Zuber to rsvp at 319.530.0871.

Contact: Region 6 Educator - Pat Wall, ISU Beef Specialist 

hampton, IA

monday, February 26th 2024 |  6:30 p.m. Meal | meeting to follow

Franklin County Farm Bureau 
1323 Olive Ave
Hampton, IA 50441

For more information: Please RSVP and register by contacting the 

Contact:  Region 2 Educator - Russ Euken, ISU Beef Specialist 

Snow date is February 27th.

Moville, IA

Tuesday, February 27th 2024 |  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 P.m. 

Moville City Hall
21 W. Main St. 
Moville, IA 

For more information: Please RSVP and register by Feb. 22nd by calling the Woodbury County Extension Office at 712.276.2157.

Contact: Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 

Maquoketa, IA

Thursday, March 7th 2024 |  6:00 dinner | 6:30 BQA training

Jackson Co Extension Office
1102 E Quarry St. 
Maquoketa, IA 

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Maquoketa State Bank at 563.652.2491 x4148.

Contact:  Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by Maquoketa State Bank and Jackson Co. Cattlemen

Osage, IA

Tuesday, March 12th 2024 |  5:30 dinner | 6:00 BQA training

CRC Events Center
1006 Chestnut St
Osage, IA 50461

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the co-op main office by March 5th at 641.732.3768. Kathryn at 507.473.5466

Contact: Region 2 Educator - Russ Euken, ISU Beef Specialist 

Osage Coop is the program sponsor. 

durant, IA

Tuesday, march 18th 2024 | 6:00 P.m. 

Durant Community Center
606 5th Ave
Durant, IA 

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Jon Lafrenz at 563.210.4618. 

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Dinner will be provided at 6:00 p.m. and the training will start at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Scott County Cattlemen

st Donatus, IA

Tuesday, june 18th 2024 | 6:00 P.m. 

St. Donatus Parish Center
97 E 1st St.
Donatus, IA 52071 

For more information: Please pre-register by calling B&G Feed Service at 563.773.8801.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored by B&G Feed Service. 

waverly, IA

friday, june 28th 2024 | 1:00 P.m. 

Waverly Sales Company
2212 5th Ave. NW
Waverly, IA  50677

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Waverly Sales Co at 319.352.2804.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

Lunch provided by Bremer Co Cattlemen.

tama, IA

monday, august 19th 2024 | 6:00 P.m. | BQAT to follow 

Tama Livestock Auction
1908 E 5th St. 
Tama, IA 52339

For more information: Please pre-register by August 13 by calling the Tama Livestock Auction at 641.484.3465.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

decorah, IA

wednesday, september 18th 2024 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 A.m. 

Decorah Sales Commission
2123 Madison Rd.
Decorah, IA 

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Decorah Sales Commission at 563.382.4203.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 

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Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) works to protect consumer confidence in our beef supply and to return more profits to producers. All individuals who have the opportunity to influence the quality and handling of cattle are encouraged to become certified. 

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BQA Transportation Program Shows Industry Commitment to Responsible Cattle Production

By Chase DeCoite, Director of Beef Quality Assurance, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the beef checkoff 

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program recently launched a training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training launched in November 2017 and has quickly amassed over 700 enrollments by producers and cattle haulers from across the country.  Additionally, Cargill is supporting in-person training programs through the network of BQA state coordinators. 

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National Beef Quality Audit

The National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) is a beef checkoff-funded evaluation that documents the progress the industry has made over the last five years. Additional NBQA information can be found here.

­­Iowa BQA Award winners

2022 Feedyard Award

Congratulations to Lauritsen Cattle Co of Exira, IA. 

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2022 Cow-calf award

Congratulations to Dr. John Greving of Manning, Iowa.

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2022 Marketer Award

Congratulations to Joe Nelson and Jesse Massman of Decorah Livestock Commission of Decorah, IA.

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2021 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Hadwen Kleiss of Stardell Farms - Fredericksburg, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Wiese and Sons - Manning, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award was awarded to Todd and Karen Bergfeld - Cascade Livestock Auction - Cascade, IA

2020 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Mogler Farms - Alvord, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to David Bruene - ISU Beef Teaching Farm
  • Iowa Marketer Award was awarded to Dunlap Livestock Auction

2019 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Steve Rehder- Hawarden, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Bruce Rivers - Maquoketa, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Katy Lippolis - Iowa State Extension Beef Specialist in Ames, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award was awarded to Sheldon Livestock Sales Incorporated - Sheldon, IA

2018 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Kennedy Cattle Company, Atlantic, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Peterson Farms, Eddyville, IA 
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Denise Schwab- NE Iowa Beef Specialist- Vinton, IA

2017 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Jim and Julie Christensen, Christensen Feedlot and Royal Beef - Royal, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to the Peters Family - Bellevue, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Dr. Leo Timms - Iowa State University Extension in Ames, IA

2016 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Kent Pruismann of Rock River Feeders - Rock Valley, IA
  • Iowa Cow-Calf Award was awarded to Brenda, Leah, Lauren, Jim, Norvel, and Esther Mosher - Liscomb, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Dr. Beth Doran - Iowa State University Extension & Outreach in Orange City, IA

2015 Awards

  • Iowa Feedyard Award was awarded to Justin & Amber Reiter, R Land and Cattle LLC - Bernard, IA
  • Iowa BQA Award was awarded to Scott Birker, Birker Family Farmes - Vinton, IA
  • Iowa Educator Award was awarded to Dr. Jason Hall and Dr. Skylar Speer, Summit Veterinary Service - Winterset, IA

2014 Awards

  • Iowa BQA Award was awarded to Nodaway Valley Feeders - Nodaway, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award was awarded to Tama Livestock Auction - Tama, IA

2012 Awards

  • Iowa BQA Award was awarded to Gregory Feedlots - Tabor, IA
  • Iowa Marketer Award was awarded to Knoxville Regional Livestock Market - Knoxville, IA   

2011 Iowa BQA Award was awarded to Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, IA

2010 Iowa BQA Award was awarded to Morris Larson, Spencer Livestock Sales, Spencer, IA