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Beef Quality Assurance

Updated January 27, 2022
Heidi Carroll

Heidi Carroll

SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator

Certification and Re-Certification

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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 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 South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension events calendar or National BQA events calendar; periodically check these calendars 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, Heidi Carroll.

Producers may attend in-person BQA certification trainings in surrounding states, and producers from any state may certify at a South Dakota training. If a trainer has questions, tell them to contact the South Dakota State BQA Coordinator, Heidi Carroll.

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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 procedures (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). Use the button below to find a certified South Dakota BQA Trainer in your area to learn more.

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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.