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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.

deWitt, IA

monday, august 8th, 2022 |  1:00 - 3:00 PM BQA Transportation

Clinton Co. Extension Office
400 East 11th St. 
DeWitt , IA 52742

For more information: Please pre-register and RSVP by contacting Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Extension Specialist at [email protected] or call Benton Co. Extension Office at 319.472.4739.

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

This is free of charge thanks to Iowa Premium. 

orange city, IA

Tuesday, august 9th, 2022 |  1:00 - 3:00 PM BQA Transportation

Sioux Co. ISU Extension & Outreach
400 N. Central Ave., Ste 700
Orange City , IA 51041

For more information: Please pre-register by August 7th by calling the Sioux Co. Extension Office at 712.737.4230.

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

Cascade, IA

Tuesday, august 9th, 2022 |  6:30 PM BQA

Cascade Livestock Auction
743 IA-136
Cascade, IA 52033

For more information: Please pre-register by August 5th by calling Karen Bergfeld, Cascade Livestock Auction, 563.852.3533. 

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

Carroll, IA

wednesday, august 10th, 2022 |  1:00 - 2:30 PM BQA

Carroll Co. ISU  Extension & Outreach
1295 W US Hwy 30 Ste. G
Carroll, IA 51401

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the Carroll Co. Extension Office at 712.792.2364 or [email protected] 

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

Carroll, IA

wednesday, august 10th, 2022 |  2:30 - 4:00 PM *BQA Transportation*

Carroll Co. ISU  Extension & Outreach
1295 W US Hwy 30 Ste. G
Carroll, IA 51401

For more information: Please pre-register by calling the Carroll Co. Extension Office at 712.792.2364 or [email protected] 

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

tama, IA

monday, august 29th, 2022 |  4:00 - 6:00 PM BQA Transportation

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

For more information: Please pre-register and RSVP by contacting Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Extension Specialist at [email protected] or call Benton Co. Extension Office at 319.472.4739.

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

This is free of charge thanks to Iowa Premium. 

tama, IA

monday, august 29th, 2022 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm BQA

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

For more information: Please pre-register and RSVP by contacting Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Extension Specialist at [email protected] or call Benton Co. Extension Office at 319.472.4739.

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

This is free of charge thanks to Iowa Premium. 

decorah, IA

wednesday, september 21st, 2022 | 8:30 - 10:00 am BQA

Decorah Sales Commission
2123 Madison Rd.
Decorah, IA 52101

For more information: Please pre-register and RSVP by contacting Decorah Sales Commission at 563.382.4203.

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

This is free of charge thanks to Iowa Premium. 

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 November 29th by calling the Cherokee Co. Extension Office at 712.225.6196.

Contact: Region 1 Educator - Beth Doran, 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

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