South Dakota BQA Trainer Certification offered for veterinarians

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Veterinarians interested in becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Trainers in South Dakota can pre-register for the South Dakota BQA Trainer Certification meeting, hosted by SDSU Extension Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. This training will be prior to the start of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting in the Sioux Falls Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel (3200 W Maple St., Sioux Falls, SD 57107).

South Dakota BQA Trainers can offer in-person BQA Certification Trainings to producers in South Dakota.

“This training will better equip veterinarians to assist producers in meeting the requirements of BQA certification along with the beef and dairy on-farm assessments that are becoming an expectation of packers, processors and food service companies,” explained Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension livestock stewardship field specialist and BQA coordinator.

The South Dakota BQA Trainer certification is valid for three years.

The training will cover the following:

• Processes and procedures of conducting producer BQA certification trainings;

• Requirements and criteria of the BQA Feedyard Assessment; and

• Pertinent information regarding all the cattle-related quality assurance programs for both beef and dairy producers.

Aug. 6 is the registration deadline for the South Dakota BQA Trainer Certification course. To register, contact Carroll at or 605-688-6623. To help cover costs of materials, the registration fee is $25.

Registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. Non-registered individuals are welcome to sit in on the course to hear updates but Trainer materials are only guaranteed for those who are registered.