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! Click get started today.

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Iowa BQA Regional Educators

Iowa BQA Coordinator - Rusty Gibbs, 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 - Chris Clark, ISU Beef Specialist
Region 5 Educator - Joe Sellers, ISU Beef Specialist
Region 6 Educator - Patrick Wall, ISU Beef Specialist
BQA Educator - Erika Lundy, ISU Program Specialist


Upcoming BQA Events

Earn your BQA Certification at one of our upcoming BQA Workshops

July 18 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Albright Farms
2384 Durant Ave., Lytton, IA
Hosted by the Clahoun County Cattlemen
Contact: Beth Doran, Region 1 ISU Beef Specialist

July 25 | 8:00 am registration & social | 9:00 am – 11:00 am 
Manchester Livestock Auction
1624 220th St., Manchester, IA 52057
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

July 26 | 8:00 am registration & social | 9:00 am – 11:00 am 
Manchester Livestock Auction
1624 220th St., Manchester, IA 52057
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

July 30 | 9:30 am
Cattle Handling and BQA with Tom Noffsinger
504 S. Vine St., West Union, IA 52175
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

July 30 | 6:00 pm
Cattle Handling and BQA with Tom Noffsinger
Wyoming Fairgrounds, Wyoming, IA
Hosted by Jones County Cattlmen
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

July 31 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Summit Farms Cow Calf Facility 
22213 230th Ave., Hubbard, IA
4.5 miles south of Hwy 20 and 65 or 1.3 miles north of Hwy 175 and 65 - turn west on 230th
The cattle handling will be in the morning and we will do a pasture walk and BQA certification in the afternoon. 
Pre-register by Monday, July 30 to reserve meal. 
RSVP by calling Hardin County ISU Extension at 641-648-4850
Contact: Russ Euken, Region 2 ISU Beef Specialist

August 7 | 10 am - noon
Cascade Livestock Market
743 IA 136, Cascade, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

August 8 | 10 am - noon
Cascade Livestock Market
743 IA 136, Cascade, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

August 30 | 7:00 pm
Tama Livestock Market
Tama, IA
Contact: Denise Schwab, Region 3 ISU Beef Specialist

BQA Transportation Program 

UPCOMING TRAININGS

July 17 - Zumbrota, MN | 11:30 am 

July 18 - Lamberton, MN | 5:30 pm 

July 19 - Luverne, MN | 11:30 am 

For more information, contact Rusty Gibbs at 515-296-2305 or email.

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.

Read more here >>>

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.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):

Additional Resources

Past Iowa BQA Award winners:

  • 2017 Awards - News Release
    • Iowa BQA Feedyard Award is awarded to Jim and Julie Christensen of Christensen Feedlot and Royal Beef in Royal, IA
    • Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award is awarded to the Peters family of Bellevue, IA
    • Iowa Educator Award is awarded to Dr. Leo Timms of ISU Extension and Outreach
  • 2016 Awards - News Release
    • Iowa BQA Feedyard Award is awarded to Kent & Sylvia Pruismann, Rock River Feeders - Rock Valley, IA
    • Iowa BQA Cow-Calf Award is awarded to Norval and Esther Mosher, Mosher Angus Farms - Liscomb, IA
    • Iowa Educator Award is awarded to Dr. Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach - Northwest IA
  • 2015 Awards - 
    • Iowa Feedyard Award is a awarded to Justin & Amber Reiter, R Land and Cattle LLC - Bernard, IA
    • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Scott Birker, Birker Family Farmes - Vinton, IA
    • Iowa Educator Award is awarded to Dr. Jason Hall and Dr. Skylar Speer, Summit Veterinary Service - Winterset, IA
  • 2014 Awards - News Release
    • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Nodaway Valley Feeders - Nodaway, IA
    • Iowa Marketer Award is awarded to Tama Livestock Auction - Tama, IA 
       
  • 2013 n/a
     
  • 2012 Awards - 
    • Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Gregory Feedlots - Tabor, IA
    • Iowa Marketer Award is awarded to Knoxville Regional Livestock Market - Knoxville, IA
       
  • 2011 Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, IA - News Release

  • 2010 Iowa BQA Award is awarded to Morris Larson, Spencer Livestock Sales, Spencer, IA - News Release