Five Beef Quality Assurance Awards Presented
On February 2, three producers were honored with the checkoff’s annual national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (DBQA) award, which were created to recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers from across the country who incorporate BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their operations. In addition, key cattle industry influencers who promote BQA principles on a daily basis were honored. One individual was recognized with the BQA Marketer Award, and one individual received the BQA Educator of the Year Award.
2017 winners were:
- Robyn Metzger, Wulf Cattle Company from Morris, Minn. (BQA Cow-Calf Award)
- Steve Gabel, Magnum Feedyards from Wiggins, Colo. (BQA Feedyard Award)
- Tricia Adams, Hoffman Farms from Shinglehouse, Penn. (BQA Dairy Award)
- John & Leann Saunders, IMI Global from Castle Rock, Colo. (BQA Marketer Award)
- Bob Smith, Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, LLC, Oklahoma (BQA Educator of the Year Award)
Watch videos for each BQA award winner on the BQA YouTube page.
“Our 2017 award winners are exemplary models for promoting beef as a quality product from the local to the national level,” says Chase Decoite, associate director of BQA. “They are working diligently to implement the newest, safest, most efficient animal health, handling, daily management and record-keeping practices. They are truly examples of sharing the BQA story!”
For more information about the beef checkoff or BQA program, visit www.bqa.org or www.MyBeefCheckoff.com.
UNDERSTANDING THE BEEF CHECKOFF PROGRAM
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.