Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. (National BQA website)

BQA concerns itself with practices throughout the production process, mainly dealing with animal health, food safety and product quality. No matter what the segment, from the cow-calf producer to the dinner plate, each step affects quality as well as the eating satisfaction of consumer. BQA works with veterinarians and extension educators to conduct trainings for feedlots, livestock auction markets, anybody who handles cattle frequently. We train people and keep them updated on latest animal health issues, products, and practices.

UNL Extension Educator Rob Eirich is the director of beef quality assurance (BQA) for the state of Nebraska.The position is a partnership between UNL, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Nebraska Beef Council. Eirich is based at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. Phone: Panhandle Center, 308-632-1230 Email: reirich2@unl.edu

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2014

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Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance: Focused on the safety, wholesomeness and quality of beef

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Audits and Assessments in beef cattle production, Rob Eirich

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Calf Branding/Processing Time and Beef Quality Assurance, Rob Eirich

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Handling cattle through high heat humidity indexes, Rob Eirich

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Nebraska BQA: Antibiotic Use Guidelines, Rob Eirich

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Nebraska BQA: Effective cattle handling, Rob Eirich

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Nebraska BQA: Handling compromised animals, Rob Eirich

2013

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Nebraska BQA: Herd health plan/protocol, Rob Eirich

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Nebraska BQA: Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship, Rob Eirich

2011

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Assessor’s Guide To A Beef Quality Assurance Cow-Calf Assessment

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Caring for Compromised Cattle: Assessing Animals at Risk

2010

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Dairy Animal Care: Quality Assurance

2009

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Feedyard Assessment: Assessor's Guide

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Stocker and Backgrounding Self Assessment

2006

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The Cattle Industry's Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle