BQA RE-CERTIFICATION Continued Education 

BQA Certification require re-certifying ever three years. There are multiple options for re-certifying. This online continued education is just one option. In order to utilize this online resource as your Continued Education for Re-certification you must review all of the materials (viewing the videos, reviewing the bullet points, and reading the article) simply keep scrolling down this page and review all of the materials as you go. After reviewing all of the materials complete the BQA Re-certification Exam linked at the bottom of this page. 

Questions? Contact Katherine at 315-339-6922, kstaiger@nybeef.org

Updating Your BQA Certification

Re-certification is required every three years to maintain an active BQA certification. By Reviewing this Power Point and submitting the online quiz at the end you will be completing your Continued Education. Continued Education may also be earned by:

  • Attend an educational meeting (45 minutes or more) on a topic related to BQA. (Attending an in-person or online BQA Training qualifies)
  • Individual consultation with your vet covering antibiotic use, drug residues, injections, herd health plan, or other topic at discretion of DVM. DVM must fill out information on bottom of the VCPR form and sign. (NYSCHAP participants: Yearly review with state and local vets is acceptable.)

NYS BQA LEVEL II Certification

Complete the Continued Education requirement AND submit proof of your Vet Client Patient Relationship with your local veterinarian. A VCPR Form can be downloaded or a VCPR form provided by your vet clinic will also be accepted.

What is Beef Quality Assurance?

  • The purpose of BQA is to enhance carcass quality & safety thereby protecting consumer confidence in the beef supply. 
  • BQA  is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program which provides science-based education to producers.
  • Works to enhances animal welfare, biosecurity, record keeping and herd health.

Review of BQA Areas of Focus

BQA is designed to enhance carcass quality & safety thereby protecting consumer confidence in the beef supply through:

  • Care and husbandry
  • Feedstuffs
  • Feed additives and medications
  • Processing and treatment records
  • Injectable health products

Care & Husbandry 

View the following video featuring Curt Pate, experienced Stockmanship Clinician and Dr. Temple Grandin, Industry Specialist in animal behavior.

FeedStuffs

Feeding protocols and rations may look very different from operation to operation. There is no single approach to providing proper nutrition to your cattle. One tool available to assess if nutritional needs are  being met is body condition scoring. For more information on assessing the nutritional success of your cattle and quality of your feedstuff we recommend you consult your veterinarian, nutritionist, or local Cornell Cooperative Extension office. 

Dairy Cattle BODY CONDITION SCORING PROCESS 


BEEF CATTLE BODY CONDITION SCORING PROCESS 


Feed Additives & Medication 

Feed Delivered Antibiotics & Medicated Feedstuff Review:

  • Requires Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) 
  • Requires VCPR 
  • VFD for each time and group 
  • No Extra-label privilege 
  • Keep records for two years

Read this Progressive Dairymen article discussing what a Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship means and why it is important. Strong communication with your veterinarian is important on all cattle farms, beef and dairy. 

READ THE ARTICLE HERE> 

Processing & Treatment Records 

  • ADHERE TO WITHDRAWAL PERIODS
  • INDIVIDUAL AND/OR GROUP IDENTIFY ALL ANIMALS
  • KEEP THOROUGH TREATMENT RECORDS
  • TRANSFER ALL PROCESSING AND TREATMENT RECORDS TO NEXT PRODUCTION LEVEL

  • INFORM PROSPECTIVE BUYERS OF ANY CATTLE THAT HAVE NOT MET WITHDRAWAL TIMES
  • KEEP COMPLETE RECORDS WHEN FORMULATING OR FEEDING MEDICATED FEEDS
  • MAINTAIN RECORDS OF ANY PESTICIDE
  • KEEP RECORDS FOR A MINIMUM OF TWO YEARS, OR LONGER AS REQUIRED BY LAWS/REGULATIONS
Group Treatment Forms are are most often used when applying management to a group of animals (vaccination, parasite control, etc). It is important to identify and track different groups.
Individual Treatment Forms are best utilized when treating a specific animal, mainly for disease

Injectable Health Products

The following video serves as a review on the importance of proper location and method of administering health products. 

BQA Checklist & Contract

I am committed to producing cattle which are safe, wholesome, high quality, consistent and produced in an environmentally sound manner. To do this, I will strive for the following:  

 Feedstuffs/Feed Additives 

  • A quality feed control program will be maintained for all incoming feed ingredients. 
  • Only FDA-approved medicated feed additives will be used in rations. 
  • Proper withdrawal time for all additives and pesticide/herbicide use will be observed to avoid violative residues. 
  • Ruminant derived protein sources will not be fed. 
 Processing/Treatment & Records 

  • Extra-label drug use will only be used when prescribed by a veterinarian with a valid veterinary/client/patient relationship. 
  • Records will be maintained for all treatments (individual or group) following BQA suggested record keeping guidelines and will be kept for a minimum of three years. 
  • All processing and treatment records will be transferred with the cattle to the next production level. 

 Injectable Animal Health Products 

  • All injections will be administered in the neck region only. This includes both subcutaneous and intramuscular injections. 
  • All individual treatments will strictly follow only FDA/USDA/EPA guidelines, and products which cause tissue damage will be avoided. 
 Care and Husbandry Practices 

  • Cattle management will follow animal care and well-being guidelines that conform to good veterinary and husbandry practices to avoid bruising, stress, or injury. 
  • Regularly evaluate and implement bio-security practices. 

New York Beef Quality Assurance Re-Certification 

Thank You for Reviewing the New York State BQA Recertification Power Point. To update your certification please complete the online quiz linked below. In order to receive your NYS Level II Recertification you will also be required to submit an updated VCPR Form. 

BQA Recertification: Complete your Re-Certification by submitting the following Exam Here
New York State Level II: Submit an updated VCPR Form in order to receive/remain NYS Level II certification. Forms are available for download here