FARM Program Meets BQA Certification Requirement for Tyson Foods
November 13, 2018
Tyson Foods announced earlier this year that effective Jan. 1, 2019, it will source fed cattle, including culled dairy cows, only from producers certified with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). Dairies that have completed a FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 (or newer) evaluation are considered to have achieved BQA certification equivalency.
Tyson Procurement representatives set Oct. 1 as a goal date for receiving certification documents from suppliers. The certification deadline remains Jan. 1, but documents can be shared with Tyson sooner to move ahead with getting updated in their supplier database.
Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that informs U.S. beef producers and beef consumers how common-sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. The FARM Program is proud to partner with BQA to provide educational resources to cattlemen and dairymen.
Dairy farms that have had FARM Version 3.0 (or newer) evaluations are considered to have achieved BQA certification equivalency. Farmers may provide auction markets with one of the following to prove equivalency:
- Completed FARM Animal Care Version 3.0 evaluation or newer
- FARM Program supplied letter indicating completion of Version 3.0 or newer evaluation
- Signed Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) affidavit (download)
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