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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
 
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-Woolfolk, 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.

Denison, IA

Tuesday, May 21st 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00 P.m. 

Denison Livestock Auction Market
501 9th St.
Denison, IA  51442

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the Crawford County Extension at 712.263.4697. 

Contact: Region 21 Educator - Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, ISU Beef Specialist 

The Crawford County Cattlemen will be serving a free meal beginning at 12:30 PM. 


Storm Lake, IA

Monday, june 3rd 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00 P.m. 

Buena Vista Co Extension
701 Seneca St. 
Storm Lake, IA  50588

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the extension office at 712.732.5056.

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


Lytton, IA

tuesday, june 4th 2024 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Lytton Fire Station
500 Railway Street 
Lytton, IA  50561

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP at 712.297.8611.

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


Winterset, IA

tuesday, june 4th 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Madison Co Extension Office 
117 N John Wayne Drive
Winterset, IA  50273

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP at : (515) 462-1001

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


emmetsburg, IA

Wednesday, june 5th 2024 | 10:00 - 12:00 P.m. 

Iowa Lakes Community College
Entrance #2
3200 College Dr. 
Emmetsburg, IA  50536

For more information: Please pre-register to RSVP by calling the extension office at 712.852.2865.

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


peterson, IA

Monday, june 10th 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00 P.m. 

Prairie Heritage Center
4931 Yellow Ave. 
Peterson, IA  51047

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP at 712.957.5045 (CFE)

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


Rock Valley, IA

tuesday, june 11th 2024 | 9:00 - 11:00 A.m. 

City Park Shelter House
1013 13th Ave
Rock Valley, IA  51247

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP at 712.470.4803 (CFE)

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


Marcus, IA

Tuesday, june 11th 2024 | 1:30 - 3:30 P.m. 

Marcus Community Center
319 N. Main St.
Marcus, IA  51035

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP at 712.470.4803 (CFE)

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


Spirit lake, IA

wednesday, june 12th 2024 | 9:00 - 11:00 A.m. 

Community Building
1600 15th Street
Spirit Lake, IA  51360

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP to 712.336.3488.

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


rock rapids, IA

Monday, june 17th 2024 | 9:00 - 11:00 A.m. 

Forester Community Center
404 First Ave. 
Rock Rapids, IA   

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the extension office at 712.470.4803 (CFE)

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


Sibley, IA

Monday, june 17th 2024 | 1:30 - 3:30 P.m. 

9th Street Center
418 9th St.
Sibley, IA  

For more information: Please pre-register by calling to RSVP at 712.470.4803 (CFE).

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


st Donatus, IA

Tuesday, june 18th 2024 | 10:00 A.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. 

kalona, IA

Tuesday, june 18th 2024 | 10:00 A.m. 

Kalona Sales Barn, Inc. 
PO Box 820 | 121 9th St. 
 Kalona, IA 52247

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Kalona Sales Barn at 319.656.2222.

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

Sponsored in part by Kalona Sales Barn.

algona, IA

Tuesday, june 25th 2024 | 6:00 P.m. meal | 6:30 p.m. certification

Algona Sale Barn 
2220 US-169
Algona, IA 50511

For more information: For questions contact Russ Euken at 641-231-1711 or Pat Van Home at 515-351-8983.

Contact: Region 3 Educator - Russ Euken, ISU Beef Specialist 

Sponsored in part by Kossuth County Cattlemen.

Welton, IA

Wednesday, june 26th 2024 | 5:30 P.m. dinner | 6:00 p.m. BQA w/BQAT to follow

Buzzy's
414 Main St. 
Welton, IA 52071 

For more information: Please pre-register by calling Clinton County Extension at 563.659.5125 by June 21.

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

Sponsored by Clinton Co Cattlemen. 

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.

greenfield, IA

tuesday, july 2nd 2024 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Warren Cultural Center
154 Public Square
Greenfield, IA  50849

For more information: Please RSVP by contacting Terri at the Adair County Extension Office at 641.743.8412 or [email protected]

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

This meeting is hosted by Adair County Extension and the Adair County Cattlemen.

waukon, IA

tuesday, july 9th 2024 | meal 6:00 P.m. | training 7 p.m.

Equity Livestock Auction
1645 Highway 76 North
Waukon, IA  52172

For more information: Please pre-register by July 8th by calling Equity Livestock at 563.568.4501. 

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

Sponsors include Allamakee County Cattlemen and Equity Livestock.

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 

walcott, IA

monday, august 21st 2024 | 6:00 P.m. meal | 6:30 BQA to follow 

American Legion
121 Bryant St.  
Walcott, IA 52773

For more information: Please pre-register by August 15th by calling Walcott Vet Clinic at 563.284.6233.

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

Walcott Vet will cover the cost of the meal for their clients. Non-clients $10-$12/person for the meal. 

Dunlap, IA

monday, august 12th 2024 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.M. 

Dunlap Livestock Auction
701 US-30
Dunlap, IA 51529

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the Harrison Co. Extension Office at 712.644.2105.

Contact: Region 21 Educator - Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, 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