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 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 to Manchester Livestock Auction.


Cattle producers can complete BQA training at no cost

online at

and that process takes about two hours or you can attend one of the sessions listed below.  For more information you can email

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.

Training has already been held at Manchester Livestock Auction on Wednesday July 25, 2018 with 114 people attending;  on Thursday July 26, 2018 there were 125 people attending.

As of today (July 26, 2018) here's more training dates:

Monday July 30th
Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union 9:30 AM

Monday July 30th
Wyoming Fairgrounds in Wyoming 6:00 PM

Tuesday August 7th & Wednesday August 8th
Cascade Livestock Auction in Cascade @ 10:00 AM
(you need only attend just one of those dates)

Thursday August 30th
Tama Livestock Auction in Tama @ 7:00 PM

Certification days at Kalona Sales Barn:
Monday, September 10th
Registration starting at 9:00 AM
program 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, September 11th
Registration starting at  9:00 AM
program 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Wednesday September 19th
Decorah Sales Commission
8:30 AM