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Online BQA certification training modules free through April 15

Boehringer Ingelheim Inc. is generously sponsoring the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) online certification program allowing beef and dairy producers to complete the certification training for free until April 15, 2015.

This saves producers $25 to $50 on the online certification modules offered through the Kansas State Beef Cattle Institute. "This is a great opportunity to provide continued education and stockmanship training to all cattle employees and family members," said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate.

Carroll said employee training is critical to raise cattle under best management practices that achieve a consistent level of care for all animals and results in high quality beef products.

Access free BQA Training

To access the BQA online training, visit http://BQA.org/team and click to enter the webpage containing the modules; the code needed during registration is listed at the top of the page.

The modules contain slide shows and video footage on many topics in livestock handling and husbandry practices presented by industry experts. Livestock producers can work through the modules at their own pace. Once they start a module, they can leave and later restart where they left off.

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Upon completion of the online training, South Dakota producers become Level 1 BQA certified. Next producers work with the S.D. Beef Industry Council to develop, or update, a Site Plan and Treatment Plan for their operation.

Producers consult with their veterinarian to establish a veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) and review their Site Plan and Treatment Plan. Once the veterinarian signs off on their plan, they need to submit the signed last page of it to the SD Beef Industry Council.

Once approved they receive a BQA certification card in the mail that contains their SD BQA certification number. Level 2 certification is required in South Dakota to be a BQA-certified producer and market calves as such.

"Producers take pride in selling safe and wholesome products. One way they can do this is by showing consumers they have invested the time necessary to be certified in programs which help maintain best management practices that minimize defects or residues in food products," Carroll said.

By marketing cattle under the BQA best management practices, potential premiums from feeders and cattle buyers may be captured.

If you would like more information about completing a Site Plan and Treatment Plan, please contact Carroll at 605-688-6623 or by email at heidi.carroll@sdstate.edu; or contact the South Dakota Beef Industry Council at 605-224-4722 or by email at twalsh@sdbeef.org.

–SDSU Extension