Nebraska Beef Quality AssuranceBeef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. (National BQA website)

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality. No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer. BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently. We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.The position is a partnership between UNL, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council. Eirich is based at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff (contact info below).

BQA News and Tips:

Antibiotic Stewardship

Starting Calves Off Right

Handling Compromised Animals

Handling Cattle Through High Heat Humidity Indexes

Audits and Assessments in Beef Cattle Production

Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship

Herd Health Plan / Protocol

Guidelines for Antibiotic Use

Effective Cattle Handling

BQA Links:

2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA)

BQA National Page

Nebraska Extension Beef Website: beef.unl.edu

BQA Manuals

Nebraska BQA Manual (pdf)

Dairy BQA Manual (pdf)

BQA Assessments

Cow/Calf (pdf)

Stocker (pdf)

Feedlot (pdf)

Feedlot Assessment (Form Only) (pdf)

Assessment Checklist (pdf)

Assessment Release Form (pdf)

Feedlot Standard Operating Procedures (MS Word Documents)



BQA Resources

Animal Care and Handling Guidelines (pdf)

Caring for Compromised Cattle (pdf)


About Rob Eirich:

Rob Eirich, Nebraska BQABefore coming to the BQA position, Eirich worked at Eastern Wyoming College at Torrington, Wyo., for four years as animal science instructor and coach of the livestock judging team. Before that, he was an Extension Educator at UNL in Panhandle District in several counties. His agricultural experience includes about 14 years with Eirich Brothers, a diversified crop and livestock operation and seeds dealer at Bayard, some of that time as a partner. He also was a feedlot foreman at Brush, CO.

Contact Rob: