Quality beef begins with quality care. The Iowa Beef Industry Council wants to recognize beef producers who diligently care for and properly handle cattle in order to provide consumers with safe and wholesome beef. Applications for the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Award are now being accepted.
BQA is a national program for beef cattle production that assures the highest standards of animal care and treatment. It was developed with guidance from leading animal health and well-being experts and outlines essential elements for cattle care. More than 90 percent of all U.S. beef is raised under the BQA program.
The Iowa BQA award recognizes one outstanding beef producer who best demonstrates BQA practices, including sound animal husbandry practices. Nominees should be BQA-certified and work to continually improve BQA on their operations while operating sustainable cattle businesses. The desire to encourage fellow producers to implement BQA and communicate what the industry is doing to ensure quality cattle care is a plus. The award is open to all segments of the industry--commercial cow-calf, seedstock, backgrounders, feedlots, dairy operations, auction market operators and veterinarians.
"The BQA program's mission is to maximize consumer confidence in beef while exceeding their eating expectations," said Brian Waddingham, director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council. "The BQA Award is a way to recognize the men and women who put great tasting beef on the world's dinner table".
Entries are due Dec. 15. The State BQA Award winner will be selected by a committee of fellow cattle producers, veterinarians, pharmaceutical representatives and others who have a "steak" in the future of the beef industry. Nominations can be submitted by any organization, group or individual on behalf of an Iowa beef producer. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves; however, the nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application. For further information on the award or to download the application, please visit www.iabeef.org and click on the Beef Quality Assurance tab.
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