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Two ranchers participating in beef quality assurance training at a cattle facility.

Certified South Dakota BQA Trainers

Certified South Dakota BQA Trainers may assist producers with completing voluntary on-farm assessments. View a list of certified trainers throughout the state to get started today!

Red angus cattle gathered in a feedlot in winter.

Livestock

South Dakota is home to a dynamic livestock industry.

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SDSU Extension to Host Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Certification Trainings

July 21, 2022

SDSU Extension will host two Beef Quality Assurance – Transportation (BQAT) certification opportunities for haulers and producers this summer in Brookings and Mitchell.

veterinarian using a stethoscope on a horse

Animal Health & Care

The health and well-being of animals matters to all who care for them.

Cover of the PQA Plus Education Handbook, Version 5.0.

Introducing PQA Plus Version 5.0

Continuing the pork industry’s commitment to incorporate the latest scientific knowledge and production methods, PQA Plus Version 5.0 addresses food safety, animal well-being, environmental stewardship, worker safety, public health and community.

A hog farmer and employee conducting training inside a modern swine facility.

SDSU Extension to Host Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor Training May 5 and June 14

May 04, 2022

SDSU Extension will host two Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor Training Certification Days on May 5 and June 14 at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings.

Man inspecting fact content in a cut of beef.
Mar 14

Spring HACCP Workshop

This Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Workshop is being offered March 14 and 15 at the SDSU Animal Science Complex in Brookings, SD.

Man inspecting fact content in a cut of beef.

SDSU Extension to Host Beef Quality Assurance Certification Training Jan. 18

January 11, 2022

SDSU Extension is offering a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification training on Tuesday, January 18 at the Deuel County Extension Building located at 47494 SD Hwy 22 in Clear Lake, South Dakota.

Group of mixed beef heifers in spring pasture.

South Dakota BQA Trainer Certification Course Set for Dec. 13

November 24, 2021

Veterinarians that are current trainers, or those interested in becoming trainers, must attend a certification course with the State BQA Coordinator to offer in-person BQA certification trainings for producers.

FDA-approved sharps disposal containers.

Where Do the Sharps Go?

Sharps used in livestock husbandry practices are considered medical or infectious waste. Regardless of why an animal received a shot, it is important to dispose of the needle in a safe way.