The National Cattlemen's Beef Association on Wednesday announced that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will be sponsoring the cost of Beef Quality Assurance certification for cattle producers this spring.
The cost of BQA certification is normally $25-$50, but between Feb. 11, 2013 and March 15, 2013, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. will defray the cost of the certification, making it free for producers.
BQA Senior Director Ryan Ruppert says BQA is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs, and that Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.'s support of BQA certification demonstrates the company's commitment to improving the industry and telling consumers about the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day.
BQA has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These modules teach sound management techniques producers can apply to their operation.
NCBA says certified producers have reported improvements in efficiency and increased profitability. Certification also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table.
"We're proud to partner with BQA to bring this important certification program to more American cattlemen and dairy producers," said David Korbelik, director of cattle marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. "BQA is about monitoring and making incremental improvements throughout the life cycle to prevent disease and ensure a quality end product. We will also be working with the BQA to allow access to the training and certification program for animal health and veterinary students."
"This partnership will help producers learn about the latest industry advancements and demonstrate the ways they continue to provide a top-quality food product," Ruppert notes.