Beef Processor
To Require BQA Certification

All Tyson Foods cattle suppliers, including those selling at livestock auctions need to be BQA certified beginning January 1, 2019.  This is driven by retailer and end consumers including the fast food business and grocery business and it has a trickle down effect.

Please Note:  Tyson primarily purchases beef cattle; however if you have Holsteins or dairy cross cattle, we would strongly recommend you become qualified as we believe sooner or later this could be required by all cattle purchasers.

As of October 23rd we've already received notice of other packers requiring your certification.

 

We need your BQA Certificate to be on file in our office.

As your livestock market we are already burdened by paperwork and this will add to the list of items that we must keep on file.  However, if we don't have your certification on file Tyson Foods cannot bid on your cattle at Manchester Livestock Auction or for that matter at any other livestock auction.  Therefore we will need your BQA Certificate to be on file in our office.

When you obtain your Certificate please provide a copy of it to Manchester Livestock Auction.

 HOW DO YOU BECOME CERTIFIED

Cattle producers can complete BQA training at no cost

online at BQA.org

and that process takes about two hours.  For more information you can email  dschwab@iastate.edu

BQA remains voluntary, however, without your certification, you will limit who can bid on your cattle so the choice is yours.  As we have progressed through our 35 years here at MLA this is just another of the items we've seen in the ever changing livestock environment.

As your partner in livestock marketing we look forward to serving your needs in the future.