The Idaho Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is a voluntary educational program for beef producers statewide.
Funded in part by the Idaho Beef Checkoff, development and implementation of the program is overseen by the University of Idaho Beef Extension Specialists, with valuable input from industry via the Idaho BQA Advisory Committee.
Through the use of science, research and educational initiatives, the BQA program provides systematic information to Idaho's beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.
Participation in the program is voluntary. Any person who works with beef and/or dairy cattle in a cow/calf, stocker, backgrounder, or feedlot business is encouraged to be BQA certified. Certification requirements can be achieved by participating in a training session conducted by an Idaho BQA trainer, or by successfully completing the self-study course. To learn more contact the Idaho Beef Council office at (208) 376-6004.