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Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance

Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance Program (MS-BQA)

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

Producers have embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; but they have also gained through increased profitability. As an educating program, BQA helps producers identify management processes that can be improved.

The Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance (MS-BQA) Program identifies areas in beef production where defects in quality occur. The MS-BQA Program is a cooperative effort between beef producers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and professionals from the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, MSU Extension Service, and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, who believe that cattle managed under BQA guidelines will be less likely to contain a violative residue, injection-site tissue damage, or foreign metal such as a broken needle. The program asks everyone involved with beef production to follow the FDA/USDA/EPA guidelines for product use and to use common sense, reasonable management skills, and accepted scientific knowledge to avoid product defects at the consumer level. After all, consumers purchase what they trust, and their confidence is the basis of our industry’s and our children’s future.

For more information on the National BQA Program

Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance Program

Beef Quality Assurance Trainings Scheduled

Several face to face BQA trainings are schduled for this fall throughout the state. These meetings are being hosted in partnership with local sale barns. A certification fee of $15 is required and includes manual, vaccine cooler, and bumper sticker.Certifications begin at 6:30.

December 3, 2015 - Lucedale Livestock Producers, Lucedale

December 3, 2015 - Centreville (Wilkinson County)

January 12, 2016 - New Albany (Union County)

February 20, 2016 - Train the Trainer for Veterinarians, Starkville

Pre-registration:  MSU Extension 662-325-3516 or

Beef Quality Assurance Online Certification Training

Online training options for BQA are offered through the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and can be accessed:


Free online certification is being offered through November 20, 2015 by Boeringer Ingelheim:

MS Beef Quality Assurance Program Reference Manual
National Beef Quality Assurance Program Reference Manual
Versión en Español - Aseguramienta de Calidad de Carne Manual de Certificacion
MS-BQA Certification Questions and Personal Contract

Beef Quality Assurance producer certification can be accomplished by attending a MS-BQA training and by completing test questions and the personal contract. Upon certification, you will be mailed a certificate that shows you have completed the MS-BQA materials and understand the MS-BQA guidelines.

BQA Certification Questions and Personal Contract

National Beef Quality Assurance Guide for Cattle Transporters
Online training video and a downloadable guide are available for the Master Cattle Transporter Program.

Master Cattle Transporter Training

Mississippi Livestock Quality Assurance Program for Youth Producers
The purpose of the Mississippi Livestock Quality Assurance Program for Youth Producers is to increase food safety awareness by educating youth producers of their role in this process and the importance of raising their livestock in an appropriate manner. By following a quality assurance program, youth can improve their animal care and management practices in order for their animal to achieve its highest level of performance while providing a safe, wholesome product for consumers.

Mississippi Livestock Quality Assurance Program for Youth Producers Publication

MS-BQA Coordinator

For more information about the MS-BQA program, contact Dr. Carla Huston at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Carla Huston, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Mailstop 9825

R1128B Wise Center

Mississippi State, MS 39762

(662) 325-1183 (office)

(662) 325-4548 (fax) (e-mail)


National Beef Quality Assurance Program Website