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Dec 13

SD BQA Trainer Certification

Monday, December 13

The South Dakota Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Trainer Certification course will be held Dec. 13 at 9:00am CST at the Ranch Cafe (1109 E. 3rd St.) in Miller, South Dakota.

This Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Trainer Certification course is for licensed veterinarians in South Dakota. 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.

South Dakota BQA Trainer Certification is good for three years. All current South Dakota BQA Trainer Certifications will expire Dec. 31, 2021 unless recertification is completed.


9 a.m. CST – Welcome and introductions

   Program overview and updates

  •   New Calf Care Quality Assurance program
  •  BQA Transportation
  •  South Dakota BQA Trainer procedures
  •  Producer BQA certification procedures

11 a.m. – Lunch

Noon – Preparing producers for assessments, audits or evaluations (BQA, FARM)

  •  Critical industry topics and additional resources
  •  Open discussion

12:30 p.m. – Quiz

1 p.m. – Adjourn

The South Dakota BQA program is coordinated by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and is funded in part by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and the Beef Checkoff.


The cost of registration is $25 per person. This fee covers the cost of materials and certification. Additionally, lunch will be provided.

Contact Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator to learn more at or call 605-688-6623.