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Countdown to Quality for Free BQA Certification

St. Joseph, MO, April 8, 2014 — Only one week remains to become BQA certified and take advantage of the free offer from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). Visit www.BIVIBQA.com to take advantage of the open certification period through April 15, 2014. Anyone who works with cattle – whether it is beef or dairy – or transports cattle is encouraged to become certified.

BIVI will pick up the $25-50 certification fee for beef or dairy producers who are interested in becoming certified or recertified during this period. And, as an added incentive, anyone who becomes certified this week will be entered to win a personalized ranch or farm sign. 

“Not only is BQA important for the cattle industry as a whole, it can benefit each cattle operation,” says Dave Korbelik, Director of US Cattle Marketing for BIVI. “Please have each individual on your operation take advantage of this opportunity and have your friends and neighbors do the same!”

And, as added incentive, BIVI is also giving away special prizes this week on Facebook. Check out the BIVI Prevention Works Facebook page to participate in the special giveaways all week long.

The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is important to the cattle industry as it gives producers a set of best practices for producing a safe and high-quality beef product. It also gives consumers the assurance that the beef they eat is both healthy and wholesome.

Korbelik adds, “We are honored to be able to support the cattle industry through this partnership. BQA education aligns with Prevention Works, our focus of preventing disease in cattle. We do this because it is the right thing for the animal, for the ranch, dairy, stocker, feeder and ultimately for the consumer.”

More than 3,500 producers took advantage of BIVI’s BQA certification partnership in 2013. John Paterson, NCBA executive director of producer education, says, “We partnered with BIVI because we believe their Prevention Works platform fits well within the BQA mission. And, this free certification opportunity shows their dedication to the future of the industry.”

To become BQA certified, or learn more about the program, visit www.BIVI-BQA.com.