Beef Quality Assurance Transportation Certification Deadline Set For January 1st

(WNAX) — Those who deliver cattle to processing plants are required to be transportation certified within the Beef Quality Assurance program. South Dakota BQA Coordinator Heidi Carroll says the deadline for that is January first…

“So anybody hauling cattle; so that’ll include our farmer feeders, our ranchers, commercial truckers it’s not; doesn’t matter what size you are, but if you’re gonna haul to one of our major packing plants and deliver cattle your expected to have BQA transportation certificate prior to January 1st, 2020. And this is the national certificate; this isn’t the state-by-state, this is what looking at as the national certificate.”
She says there is an in person BQA Transportation Certification training session scheduled for December at Sioux Falls Regional livestock in Worthing…

“We have BQA transportation in-person training coming up on Tuesday, December10th, starting at 1:00 pm at Sioux Falls Regional Livestock. The cost for that is 25-dollars per person and you can pre-register by going to; either contacting myself at 605-688-6623, otherwise going on-line and finding information on BQA-dot-org-slash-event.”
Carroll says consumers want more assurances that the beef they purchase is safe and the transportation certification requirement is not only required but a good way to give consumers that safety assurance…

“Our consumers are end product users in terms of restaurants and retailers. They wanna know how these animals are raised all the way from birth until that humane death that they have before they get to their plate and so there are some companies making corporate policies and part of that policy is they want to source BQA-certified cattle and so that just moves on up to those raising the cattle for our producers. That’s them getting their BQA certificate and now moving to having the whole chain covered with our transporters in terms of our BQA transportation certificate.”
Carroll says those from South Dakota, Iowa or Minnesota who need in person training must attend the December 10 meeting as it’s the last one offered. She says after that they’ll have to go online to get certified which they can do at BQA.org.