The BQA Assessments are an on-site educational tools that allow for assessing and benchmarking key indicators of animal care and well-being as well as facility/equipment conditions. The Assessments focus on three main areas – Animals, Records and Best Management Practices (BMP), Facilities, and Equipment.
The Assessments may be utilized as a self-assessment or conducted by a third-party assessor (Veterinarian, Consultant, Extension Educator, etc.). The real key, regardless of who conducts the assessment, is that the assessment be repeated on a periodic basis so that comparisons may be made, trends observed, and management actions be taken to maximize animal care and well-being, as well as, operation efficiency.
These Assessments consist of multiple assessment points grouped into nine main categories. These assessments are about continuous improvement helping identify items and create benchmarks that may need to be improved including animal handling, facility/equipment maintenance, and recordkeeping/BMPs among other items. Repeating an assessment on a regular basis can help a feedyard identify trends and take appropriate management action as necessary.
BQA Assessor's Guides
Nebraska BQA Feedlot Forms
Nebraska Feedyard can complete the following forms with their feedlot consultants, veterinarian, BQA Director or Extension Educator to be listed on the National Feedyard BQA Assessment Report:
Feedlot Standard Operating Procedures (Word Doc)
- Animal Carcass Disposal
- Antibiotic Residue Avoidance
- Broken Needles
- Emergency Action Planning
- Feed Sampling
- Feedyard Pen Floor Management
- Handling Non-Ambulatory Cattle
- Humane Euthanasia of Cattle
- Medicated Feed Additives
- Medication Receiving, Storage and Handling Protocal
- Preventive Herd Health
- Protocol for Security Biosecurity, and Containment
- Protocol for Shipping Cattle
- Receiving and Processing Cattle
- Water Tanks