The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training is available now, and we in Wisconsin are working to be able to offer in-person training workshops soon.
Participating in BQA Transportation is an indicator that the beef and dairy industries are committed to responsible animal care during transportation and makes both the BQA and dairy FARM animal care programs more complete.
Online training for BQAT is offered in two different modules: Farmer/Rancher and Professional. Farmer/Rancher modules will focus on the use of stock trailers and smaller loads of cattle that beef and dairy cattle producers might typically haul themselves. The Professional modules focus on the use of tractor-trailers and larger loads that are typically hauled further distances.
The modules are a series of on-line videos with interactive parts to re enforce key points. There are questions that participants answer in each section. There is also a short quiz at the end. They can be taken at your own pace and you can complete them on your own schedule. You do not have to complete them in one sitting.
There is no cost to take either of the BQAT training/certication modules.