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Beef Quality Assurance

Updated June 11, 2020

Heidi Carroll

SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator

BQA Certification and Re-Certification

Two options exist, online or in-person courses, for certifying or recertifying your Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification. All in-person certification courses must be taught by certified South Dakota BQA Trainers. In-person certification trainings typically have a registration fee, whereas the online course is always free and available any time.

In-Person Trainings

Upcoming in-person certification trainings are typically advertised on the SDSU Extension events or National BQA events listings; periodically check the event listings for course availability. Individuals looking for in-person BQA certification courses in their area can also directly contact one of the certified South Dakota BQA Trainers. Cattlemen or companies wanting to host an in-person certification course are encouraged to organize a group and contact a Trainer or the South Dakota State BQA Coordinator.

Producers may attend in-person BQA certification trainings in surrounding states. Tell the Trainer you are from South Dakota, so they can enter your certification information accurately. If the trainer has questions tell them to contact the South Dakota State BQA Coordinator.

Current Certified South Dakota BQA Trainers

The primary role of certified South Dakota BQA Trainers is to conduct in-person BQA certification courses. They can also assist producers with writing standard operating protocols (SOPs), employee training resources, or providing example templates for required BQA records. South Dakota BQA Trainers may assist producers with completing voluntary on-farm assessments (BQA Feedyard Assessment, Stocker Assessment, or Cow-Calf Assessment). Contact a certified South Dakota BQA Trainer in your area to learn more.

South Dakota State BQA Coordinator

Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State BQA Coordinator, can assist with questions on any of the cattle quality assurance programs, checking your individual certification status, or renewing your certification. Producers interested in completing a BQA Feedyard Assessment or National Dairy FARM Animal Care Evaluation can also contact Heidi directly to schedule a site visit.

Heidi Carroll
South Dakota Beef Quality Assurance
1097 N. Campus Dr., Box 2170
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: 605-688-6623
Fax: 605-688-6170

National BQA Team

If you are unable to reach one of the South Dakota BQA Trainers or State Coordinator and need immediate assistance, please reach out to the National BQA Team at 303-850-3473 or by email.