Tyson's BQA Requirement for Fed Cattle

Effective January 1, 2019,

Tyson Foods will source fed cattle only from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified producers. The date of October 1, 2018 has been raised by Tyson Procurement Representatives as a goal date for receiving certification documents from suppliers. The certification deadline remains January 1, 2019, but documents can be shared with Tyson sooner to move ahead with getting updated in their supplier database.   

Beef Quality Assurance or BQA is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that provides 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. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase – and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry. The FARM Program is proud to partner with BQA to provide educational resources to cattlemen and dairymen.

The National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program is an approved equilency to the National BQA Program. Dairies that have completed a FARM Animal Care
Version 3.0 (or newer) evaluation are considered to have achieved BQA certification equivalency.

Please Provide Auction Markets with One(1) of the following Documents to Prove Equivalency

If you have any questions, please email dairyfarm@nmpf.org