Beef Quality Assurance

Consumers are concerned for animal health, and the sustainability of the production systems their food’s raised in.”

That statement is just one of several discussed during the 2018 Ohio Beef School presentations that have caused teaching and certifying Ohio’s cattlemen in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) to become a priority. Adding even more meaning to that statement is the fact that Tyson Foods, who harvest and process 25% of the US beef market share, and also Wendy’s, now the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the U.S., have both announced beginning in 2019 cattle they purchase must originate from producers and feedyards who are Beef Quality Assurance certified. Not only are today’s consumers sharing their concerns, but now the businesses who are supplying the public’s demand for a quality beef product raised in a humane and sustainable fashion also want some guarantees that it’s happening throughout the production chain.

In response, Ohio State University Extension is working in cooperation with the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio’s cattle auction markets and collection points to offer Ohio’s cattlemen several opportunities to become Beef Quality Assurance Certified.

If interested in attending a ‘live’ BQA training and gaining BQA certification, visit EVENTS/PROGRAMS for a list of presently scheduled BQA programs.

If interested in securing a BQA certification on-line, visit the “CERTIFICATION” link at

For more information about BQA in Ohio, see these Frequently Asked Questions.

If interested in scheduling a BQA training and certification session, contact any of Ohio’s Beef Quality Assurance trainers listed below:

Steve Boyles
OSU Extension Beef Specialist
(614) 292-7669

Trevor Corboy
OSU Extension Educator, Greene County
(937) 372-9971 ext.114

Sam Custer
OSU Extension Educator, Darke County
(937) 548-5215

David Dugan
OSU Extension Educator, Adams County
(937) 544-2339

Allen Gahler
OSU Extension Educator, Sandusky county
(419) 334-6340

Lyda Garcia
Ohio State University Animal Science
(614) 292-3642

Christine Gelley
OSU Extension Educator, Noble County
(740) 732-5681

Jason Hartschuh
OSU Extension Educator, Crawford County
(419) 562-8731

Carri Jagger
OSU Extension Educator, Morrow County
(419) 947-1070

Justin Kieffer
Ohio State University Clinical Veterinarian
(614) 292-4523

Dean Kreager
OSU Extension Educator, Licking County
(740) 670-5315

Mark Landefeld
OSU Extension Educator, Monroe County
(740) 472-0810

Rory Lewandowski
OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County
(330) 264-8722

Clif Little
OSU Extension Educator, Guernsey County
(740) 489-5300

Clifton Martin
OSU Extension Educator, Muskingum County
(740) 454-0144

Marcus McCartney
OSU Extension Educator, Washington County
(740) 376-7431

Gregory Meyer
OSU Extension Educator, Warren County
(513) 695-1311

Steven Moeller
Ohio State University Animal Science
(614) 688-3686

Jeffrey Moore
OSU Extension Educator, Gallia County
(740) 446-7007

Gigi Neal
OSU Extension Educator, Clermont County
(513) 732-7070

Christopher Penrose
OSU Extension Educator, Morgan County

Garth Ruff
OSU Extension Educator, Henry County
(419) 592-0806

Haley Shoemaker
OSU Extension Program Coordinator, Mahoning County
(330) 533-5538

Stephanie Sindel
Ohio Beef Council
(614) 873-6736

Sandra Smith
OSU Extension Educator, Carroll County
(330) 627-4310

Stan Smith
OSU Extension PA, Fairfield County

Ted Wiseman
OSU Extension Educator, Perry County
(740) 743-1602