Consumers deserve to know that Minnesota’s beef farmers and ranchers are committed to raising safe, wholesome and nutritious beef. The Beef Quality Assurance Program helps farmers to be certified on best practices in cattle handling, management and care.



national bqa award winners:

Central livestock

Central Livestock operates three livestock markets in Minnesota: Zumbrota, Albany, Rock Creek and one market in West Fargo, North Dakota. They also continue to conduct business out of their corporate headquarters in South St. Paul. These locations cover a majority of Minnesota’s key livestock production areas.

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BLAC-X Farms, INC.

Located in Rock County, Minnesota, BLAC-X Farms Inc. is a progressive, privately owned commercial cattle feeding operation. BLAC-X. sets the bar extremely high for environmental stewardship, animal care practices and employee training and safety programs. 

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Wulf Cattle

Robyn Metzger, Wulf Cattle Company from Morris, MN and BQA Cow-Calf Award winner, says all employees are required to get their BQA certification upon starting at the operation. Watch more as Robyn takes you on a tour of the farm.

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Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), or best management practices are critical to ensure that proper protocols and procedures are maintained. Attached is a summary of common SOPs that can be adopted to fit your farm or ranch. 

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BQA Certification Meetings

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certifications can be obtained at anytime, free of charge by visiting If you prefer to obtain your certificate by attending a local meeting, click here for the current training schedule

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CBB Producer Redirection of Checkoff 

Producers may use this form to request that QSBC send the full $1-per-head beef checkoff assessment from their individual cattle sales to the Beef Board and that the QSBC not retain any portion of the individual’s assessment for its direct programing efforts.