Cattle Reputation’s Influence on Value

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently forwarded information gathered by a recent survey conducted by CattleFax regarding the benefits received from incorporating BQA objectives. Ethan Oberst reported these findings in his article, “Reputation Cattle Bring More” in the Mid-March 2018 issue of CattleFax. As Oberst states, “…a solid reputation for the animals that an operation […]

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Important Considerations for Banamine Transdermal® Use

Veterinarians and those who raise food producing animals have legal and ethical obligations to use animal health products correctly. Farmers and veterinarians are required to first follow label directions. The recently FDA approved drug, Banamine Transdermal® is relatively easy to administer making the potential for its inappropriate use high. Work with your VCPR veterinarian in […]

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New BQA Transportation Training & Certification Program Available Online

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 […]

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Chute Side Vaccine Management Tips

“Shoot, I messed up the vaccines.” If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips. A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. 70% of beef operations administer vaccines to […]

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Heat Stress Preparations for Feedlot Cattle

Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize […]

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Medication Administration and Remote Delivery- BQA Considerations

Proper administration of animal health products is a key element of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines and antibiotic stewardship. Producers must continue to follow BQA principles when determining the proper administration method, technique and tools. With the recent increase in interest and usage of remote delivery systems (darts containing medication) in the beef cattle industry, […]

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Free online BQA certification available now through April 15

Are you Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified? Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. has a special offer available to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from NOW-April 15, 2015! Free online BQA certification (normally $25-$50) Go to http://www.BIVI-BQA.com to access the BQA modules. Access the BQA modules and select the training […]

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Valid Veterinary Relationships

The American Veterinary Medical Association defines an animal to be  in a good state of welfare (as indicated by scientific evidence) when it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. On-farm welfare hinges upon a valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship (VCPR). The […]

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Calf Well-Being At Weaning

This article was written collaboratively by Heidi Franzky, Warren Rusche, and Jim Krantz, South Dakota State Extension, and used with permission.  The seasons are changing. Soon cows and calves will be gathered off pasture. Calves will be prepared for the next stage in the market chain: backgrounder, stocker or feedlot. A successful calf crop that […]

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Wisconsin updates guidelines for Beef and Dairy Quality Assurance Program

Wisconsin Beef and Dairy Quality Assurance Program is now offering farmers several options to re-certify for the program.   One way to become re-certified is to obtain a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education credits (CEC) by attending an approved UW Extension education program.  Upcoming programs which would qualify for this program would include the […]

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