Iowa Beef Center to Offer BQA Transportation Trainings


BQAT certification is for all those who transport cattle.  Photo by Beth Doran.

AMES, Iowa – Proper transportation can prevent bruising, improve the health status and improve meat quality of cattle delivered to harvest. Beef Quality Assurance Transportation is a new program that provides information for farmers and professional truckers who are involved with transporting cattle. In light of the fact that BQAT certification will be required by several major packers beginning January 1, 2020, Iowa Beef Center has scheduled three BQAT trainings in mid-August for both commercial truckers and farmer/feeders who deliver cattle direct to packers.

By using best practices, transporters can save the beef industry millions of dollars each year. The certification program covers many topics including cattle handling guidelines and diagrams, loading/unloading, hot/cold weather factors, evaluating cattle before loading and biosecurity, according to Iowa State University Extension beef specialist Beth Doran.

“Transportation quality assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle,” Doran said. “When a transporter has this certification, they demonstrate to the consumer that they are taking care to keep cattle as healthy and safe as possible.”

These three trainings will be held:

  • Friday, Aug. 9, 1- 3 p.m. with meal provided at noon; Carroll County Extension Office, 1205 West US Hwy 30 Ste G., Carroll. RSVP by Aug. 6 to Erika Lundy, ellundy@iastate.edu or the Carroll County Extension Office, 712-792-2364.
  • Monday, Aug. 12, noon – 3 p.m. with meal provided at noon; Buzzy’s Bar & Grill, 414 Main St., Welton. RSVP by Aug. 8 to Denise Schwab, 319-472-4739 or dschwab@iastate.edu.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13,1:30 – 3:30 p.m. with light refreshments provided; Terrace View Event Center, 230 St. Andrews Way, Sioux Center. RSVP by Aug. 9 to Beth Doran, 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

There is no cost to attend. However, preregistration is requested to plan for adequate food and supplies. Tyson and Cargill are helping fund these three sessions. The Iowa BQA Program is funded by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff, and the education is delivered by Iowa Beef Center at ISU. See more information on BQAT on the IBIC website at https://www.iabeef.org/cattlemens-corner/iowa-bqa.

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