Beef Quality Assurance

Cattle ranchers are committed to raising cattle with the best of care. Ranchers across the United States stand strongly against any form of animal abuse or cruelty. We know that proper livestock care is not only ethical, but it’s also good business. 

 One way in which the beef community ensures the best care for livestock is through the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. The BQA Program was initiated in 1987 to provide cattle farmers and ranchers with the guidelines and training necessary to ensure animal health and well-being as well as provide a safe, quality beef. BQA principals influence the management practices of more than 90 percent of cattle. 

How can you participate?

Participation in the program is voluntary. Any person who works with beef and/or dairy cattle in a cow/calf, stocker, backgrounder, or feedlot business is encouraged to be BQA certified. Certification requirements can be achieved by participating in a Florida training, or by successfully completing the self-study course online at:

BQA Training >

Florida State BQA Coordinators

Todd thrift, ph.d.

Dept of Animal Sciences 
Building 459, Room 210 C 
University of Florida
 Gainesville, FL 32611
 (352) 392-8597 
[email protected]

matt hersom, ph.d.

Dept of Animal Sciences 
231 E. Animal Sci Bldg. 459 
University of Florida
 Gainesville, FL 32611
 (352) 392-2390
 [email protected]

Matt irsik, dvm

College of Vet Medicine
 P.O. Box 100136
 University of Florida 
Gainesville, FL 32610
 (352) 392-4700 Ext 4049 
[email protected]

National bqa award winners


Lykes Bros.

Mike Milicevic

Okeechobee, FL.


Kempfer cattle co.

The Kempfer Family

Deer Park, FL.