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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
 
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.

Cherokee, IA

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 |  1:00 - 3:00 PM BQA Transportation

Cherokee Co. ISU Extension & Outreach
200 Centennial Drive, Ste. A
Cherokee, IA 51012

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the Cherokee Co. Extension Office at 712.225.6196.

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

Oakland, IA

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 |  1:00 - 2:30 PM BQA | 2:30 - 4:00 PM BQA Transportation

Oakland Community Center
614 Dr Van Zee Rd
Oakland, IA 51560

For more information: Please pre-register by calling East Pottawattamie County Extension Office at 712-482-6449 or emailing [email protected]

Contact: Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist

Leon, IA

Monday, December 5th, 2022 |  7:00 - 9:00 PM BQA 

Decatur County Extension Office
909 West 1st St. 
Leon , IA 50144

For more information: Please pre-register by December 2nd by calling Jack Van Laar at 641.446.4723 or by email at [email protected]

Contact: Region 5 Educator - Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialist 

Clarinda, IA

tuesday, December 6th, 2022 |  6:00 - 7:30 PM BQA | 7:45 - 9:15 BQAT

Wibholm Hall
200 S 6th St. 
Clarinda, IA 51632

For more information: Please RSVP by contacting Page County Extension Office at 712.542.5171 or by emailing [email protected] A meal will be served at 7:30 p.m. compliments of the Page County Cattlemen. 

Contact: Region 4 Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Beef Specialist 

Orange City, IA

thursday, December 8th, 2022 |  1:00 - 3:00 PM BQA 

Sioux County Extension Office
400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700
Orange City, IA 51041

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the extension office at 712.737.4230 by Dec. 6th or contact Beth Doran at 712.737.4230. 

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

Vinton, IA

thursday, January 6th, 2023 |  6:00 supper | 6:30 PM BQA Certification

St. Mary's Church
2200 2nd Ave. 
Vinton, IA 52349

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the Benton County Extension Office at 319.472.4739 to rsvp. 

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

Sponsored by the Benton Co. Cattlemen. 

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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