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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.

maquoketa, IA

Thursday, February 25th, 2021 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 pm BQA 

Jackson County Fairgrounds Pearson Hall
1212 E Quarry St.  
Maquoketa, IA 52060

For more information: Please contact Jackson Co. Extension at 563.652.4923 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED.  

Sheffield, IA

Saturday, March 13th, 2021 |  9:45 AM - 12:00 pm BQA 

Ridge Stone Golf Club
7th Brickyard Road
Sheffield, IA 50475

For more information: Please contact Steve Riles with the Franklin Co Cattlemen at 641.373.2014. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is strongly recommended.  

Dyersville, IA

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 |  1:30 pM session 1  | 6:30 pm session 2 BQA 

Farmer's Shipping Association
303 3rd St. NE 
Dyersville, IA 52040

For more information: Please contact Farmer's Shipping Association at 563.875.7953 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration and masks are REQUIRED.

Dinner provided at the evening session.  

Houghton, IA

tuesday, March 23th, 2021 |  6:00 pM BQA & BQAT

KC Hall
413 Main St. 
Houghton, IA 52631

For more information: Please contact Sparky Wellman at 319.470.8558 to pre-register. 

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

Pre-registration is encouraged. An evening meal will be provided. 

Holstein, IA

thursday, March 25th, 2021 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 pm BQA 

Lohff-Schumann Community Center
301 Lohf Schumann Drive
Holstein, IA 52040

For more information: Please contact Ida County Extension office at 712.364.2305 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration and masks are REQUIRED.

Waverly, IA

Thursday, June 17th, 2021 |  1:00 PM - 3:00 pm BQA 

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

For more information: Please contact Waverly Sales Co. at 319.352.2804 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED.  

St. donatus, IA

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 |  7:00 PM - 9:00 pm BQA 

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

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

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED.  

Cascade, IA

tuesday, august 3rd, 2021 |  7:00 PM - 9:00 pm BQA 

Cascade Livestock Auction
743 IA-136
Cascade, IA 52033

For more information: Please contact Cascade Livestock at 563.852.3533 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED.  

Kalona, IA

tuesday, august 10th, 2021 |  10:00 AM - 12:00 pm BQA 

Kalona Sale Barn
121 9th St.
Kalona, IA 52247

For more information: Please contact Cascade Livestock at 563.852.3533 to pre-register. 

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

Tama, IA

tuesday, august 3oth, 2021 |  7:00 PM - 9:00 pm BQA 

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

For more information: Please contact Tama Livestock at 641.484.3465 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED.  

Walcott, IA

tuesday, august 31st, 2021 |  6:00 PM supper - 7:00 pm BQA Program

Walcott American Legion
121 Bryant St. 
Walcott, IA 52773

For more information: Please contact Walcott Vet Clinic at 563.284.6233 to pre-register. 

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

Due to COVID restrictions, preregistration is REQUIRED.  

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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

2019 IOWA EDUCATOR AWARD 

Katy Lippolis, Iowa State University Extension  Beef Specialist, received the 2019 Iowa BQA Educator Award. Pictured (L-R): Casey Allison (IBIC), Katy Lippolis, and Janine Moore (IBIC Chair).

2019 IOWA BQA FEEDYARD AWARD

Steve Rehder of Hawarden, Iowa was the 2019 Iowa BQA Feedyard Award recipient. Pictured (L-R): Casey Allison (IBIC Staff), Steve Rehder, and Janine Moore (IBIC Chair). 

2019 IOWA BQA COW-CALF AWARD

Bruce River of Maquoketa, IA received the 2019 Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award. Pictured (L-R): Casey Allison (IBIC), Bruce River and Janine Moore (IBIC Chair).

2019 Iowa Marketer Award

Sheldon Livestock Sale Incorporated of Sheldon, IA received the 2019 Iowa Marketer Award.

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