The Alabama Beef
Quality Assurance Program (BQA)
is an educational program provided by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System
with support from the National Cattleman's Beef Association and voluntary
check-off funds from
BQA is not a herd health program, but a comprehensive effort to insure a safe, wholesome supply of beef. Cattle managed under BQA guidelines will be less likely to contain a violative residue, contain injection site tissue damage, or foreign metal such as a broken needle. They are cared for using science-based procedures to insure proper care and well-being. Participants certified under Alabama BQA will use common sense, reasonable management skills and accepted scientific knowledge to avoid product defects at the consumer level and meet current animal care standards.
Assuring the consumer that cattle shipped by Alabama beef producers are healthy, wholesome and safe is the primary goal of the BQA program.