For one more week, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. is supporting the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program by sponsoring all online certifications for producers.
BIVI will pick up the $25-$50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified or recertified before Oct. 31.
The BQA certification modules are customized to fit the specific needs of each segment of the cattle industry – cow-calf, stocker, feedyard and dairy operations. The program covers best management practices such as proper handling and administration of vaccinations and other products, eliminating injection site blemishes, and better cattle-handling principles.
“The BQA program really shows a producer’s commitment to continuous improvement and to producing a high-quality beef product that’s safe, wholesome, nutritious, with using the most recent and up-to-date scientifically sound practices that they can implement on their farms," says Chase DeCoite, manager of Beef Quality Assurance.
"To the end consumer, it sends a message that they can be confident that their product was made and their purchase decisions in that their beef was raised in a responsible manner," he said.
DeCoite said as of this week, there was an increase of more than 500 users as compared to the spring campaign for free BQA certification through Boehringer Ingelheim.
"That’s over a 40% increase in our users as compared to the same time in the spring campaign," he said.
In sum, more than 11,000 producers have taken advantage of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.'s BQA certification partnership.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.'s partnership also includes financial support of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, which developed the certification module.
Learn more about the program and become BQA certified online.