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Beef Quality Assurance and Secure Beef Supply Plan

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Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply Plan program provides those who work with beef cattle the opportunity to learn more about best management practices, herd health and animal stewardship. The program's goal is to create a better quality beef supply and increase consumer confidence.

Producers need to participate in only one training option to become BQA certified. Only one person from each operation is required to be certified to ensure the entire operation follows the BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified. Certification is good for three years.

To find out more about Minnesota's BQA certification requirements, visit the Minnesota Beef Council site.

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