Nineteen out of 20 beef products originating in the United States are raised within Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines. That’s quite a tribute to America’s cattlemen and their partnership with the agencies, experts, and animal health and beef production companies that make up the beef business. Even so, most consumers, and a fair number of producers, don’t know what BQA is. While the program isn’t always recognized by name, the BQA core principle, quality cattle care, is the foundation of healthy herds and consumer confidence.
The process of weaning calves is a significant contributor to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) outbreaks. Because BRD is more likely to occur in cattle when they are put in stressful situations, there are steps to consider to minimize the risk.