Some large packers and processors have announced that effective January 1, 2019, buyers representing them will only purchase from farms that are BQA or FARM Certified.
Most dairy farms are certified with their dairy processor; ask your dairy rep for help in providing your FARM Certification number at the point of sale. This will be in effect for all markets and all private treaty transactions. Buyers will confirm your certification by collecting your certification identification number at the point of sale. Additional processors may begin to require BQA or FARM Certification from their suppliers.
Beef Producers can obtain their BQA certification online at no cost by going to (http://www.bqa.org). Here you will create an account (based upon your email address) and select the course that best fits your particular operation. Each interactive course takes about 2 hours to complete, and requires an 80% score to pass the final test. You will receive your certification number via email, which you will provide at the point of sale.
UW Extension and the Wisconsin Beef Council are working together with various Auction markets to hold in person BQA certification workshops for producers who are not able to get certified online. There is a $15 fee for live certification workshops to help offset costs. Checks must payable to: WI BQA Program.
Beef producers created the voluntary Beef Quality Assurance Program in 1987 to assist each other in raising, feeding and harvesting high quality beef. By participating in BQA and adopting BQA production practices, you are helping to answer the call from the packers’ consumers, for safe beef raised in a humane manner.
Following is a list of certification workshops that are scheduled at this time: