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.

Becky Funk, Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, is the Interim Director of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.  The position is a partnership between University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council. 

Upcoming BQA Trainings/Certification

(All Times Are Local Time Zone)

  • More BQA Trainings are being scheduled and posted ASAP

Call Becky Funk for more information at 402-762-4505, Nebraska Extension Office, or Local Veterinarians

BQA Certification:

Nebraska Beef Cattle Producers can obtain BQA certification or re-certification by contacting their Nebraska Veterinarian, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator, or Becky Funk, Interim Director of BQA.  The Certification Fee is $20 per individual for a 3 year certification.  There are discounts for operations certifying 3 or more individuals by contacting the Nebraska BQA Program.

BQA Manuals:

National Beef Quality Audit

BQA Resources:

Nebraska BQA Record Keeping Forms

National BQA Links:

Nebraska Feedlot Webinar Series

Nebraska Beef Cattle Links

Compendium of Veterinary Products

A complete directory of Veterinary Product Labels which can be sorted by product name, manufacturer, uses, active ingredient and species.  The FDA Approved Label will have use indications, dosage, withdrawal, and storage information.