Online Beef Quality Assurance, Secure Beef Supply training scheduled

Producers only need to attend one of the free workshops to receive a three-year BQA certification

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SLAYTON — University of Minnesota Extension, along with Minnesota Beef Council, will host several online Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply (SBS) training sessions between February and April.

Producers only need to attend one of the free workshops to receive a three-year BQA certification. They will also learn the steps needed to begin their own Secure Beef Supply plan.

BQA certification is required by many major industry buyers and processors, though it is still voluntary for producers to complete. However, when a producer does not have current BQA certification, the result is that many packers and feedlots simply cannot purchase those cattle because their company cannot source cattle from a producer who does not meet their certification requirements.

Pre-registration is required for the free, two-hour online training, offered via Zoom. Certification is good for three years.

Register for an online training using the specific links below:


  • Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.:

  • Feb. 11, noon:

  • Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.:

  • March 4, 6:30 p.m.:

  • March 16, 6:30 p.m.:

  • March 25, noon:

  • April 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.:

Families may view the training on the same computer/mobile device, and all viewers will receive credit for certification. Those unable to attend a scheduled Zoom session can also earn free certification online at
Contact Stacey Caughey at with any questions.

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