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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
 
Iowa BQA Regional Director - Dan Loy, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 2 Educator - Russ Euken, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 3 Educator - Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 5 Educator - Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialist 
Region 6 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.

greenfield, IA

tuesday, january 11th, 2022 |  4:00 pM - 5:30 pm BQA 

Warren Cultural Center- Green Room
154 Public Square 
Greenfield, IA 50849

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Adair Co. Extension Office at 641.743.8412 or emailing [email protected]

Contact: Region 4 Educator Erika Lundy-Woolfolk or Region 5 Educator - Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialists

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Consult with beef extension staff for COVID-19 guidance. 

audubon, IA

Wednesday, january 19th, 2022 |  1:00 pM - 3:00 pm BQA | See program details below

Audubon Recreation Center
703 Southside Ave
Audubon, IA 50025

10-11 AM: Drs. Dabid Shirbroun and John Greving: Pasture to Feedlot Successful Transition of Weaned Calf to Feedlot Environment

11-12 Noon: Denise Schwab: Benchmarking Iowa Beef Performance

12-1 PM: Lunch and Discussion

1-3 PM: BQA certification session with Denise Schwab

For more information: Please pre-register by calling AMVC in Audubon at 712.563.4201. Producers may attend one or all but preregistration is REQUIRED. 

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

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Consult with beef extension staff for COVID-19 guidance. 

Mason City, IA

Friday, january 21st, 2022 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 noon BQA 

4-H Learning Center North Iowa Fairgrounds
3700 4th St SW
Mason City, IA 50401

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Jeanene at 641.423.0844.

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

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Consult with beef extension staff for COVID-19 guidance. 

dubuque, IA

Friday, January 28th 2022 |  1:00 PM BQA

Grand River Conference Center
500 Bell St. 
Dubuque, IA 52001

For more information: This event is following the Driftless Region State Beef Conference. Contact the Benton Co. Extension office to register at 319-472-4739.

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

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Consult with beef extension staff for COVID-19 guidance. 

New Hampton, IA

Thursday, february 3rd 2022 |  5:30 PM dinner | See program details below

The Pub in the Pinicon
2205 S Linn Ave. 
New Hampton, IA 50659

Program: Drew Shain to present on nutritional programs followed by Denise Schwab on BQA Certification.

For more information: No cost to attend. Please pre-register by calling Five Star Coop: Micayla Christopher 507.517.0088 or Paul Bartsh 507.259.1220.

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

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Consult with beef extension staff for COVID-19 guidance. 

Cascade, IA

Thursday, february 10th 2022 |  6:30 PM BQA 

Cascade Livestock Auction
743 IA-136
Cascade, IA 52033

For more information: Please pre-register by February 7th by calling Karen Bergfeld, Cascade Livestock Auction at 563.852.3533.

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

*Due to Covid restrictions, pre-registration is required and attendance may be limited for some sessions. Consult with beef extension staff for COVID-19 guidance. 

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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

2021 Feedyard Award

Congratulations to Hadwen Kleiss (Stardell Farms) of Fredericksburg, Iowa.

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2021 Cow-calf award

Congratulations to Wiese and Sons of Manning, Iowa.

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2021 Marketer Award

Congratulations to Todd and Karen Bergfeld of Cascade Livestock Auction.

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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