Cattle ranchers are committed to raising cattle with the best of care. Ranchers across the United States stand strongly against any form of animal abuse or cruelty. We know that proper livestock care is not only ethical, but it’s also good business. Here are six ways we ensure the best care for livestock.
One way in which the beef community ensures the best care for livestock is through the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. The BQA Program was initiated in 1987 to provide cattle farmers and ranchers with the guidelines and training necessary to ensure animal health and well-being as well as provide a safe, quality beef. BQA principals influence the management practices of more than 90 percent of cattle.
How can you participate?
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. The Colorado BQA Program is your local resource for all things BQA.
For more information contact Libby Bigler, BQA Coordinator, Colorado State University at 970/491-BEEF or email her.