Lane and Lathan Dierks, partners in Dierks Farms have met all of the requirements to be certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA).
What is Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)?
BQA does more than just help beef producers capture more value from their market cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they assure their market steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the best they can be. Today, the stakes are even higher because of increased public attention on animal welfare. BQA is valuable to all beef and dairy producers because it:
- Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality.
- Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry.
- Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products.
- Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation.
- Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle.
- Enhances herd profitability through better management.
“Because the beef industry is so diversified, we wanted to allow states the opportunity to provide what is best for their producers. The BQA [Manual is the] overarching [protocol], providing some consistency across the state programs. They are good production practices to guarantee the quality of beef products,” comments Dr. Dee Griffin, DVM.
“It is extremely important that Dierks Farms achieves certification such as BQA to always keep our farm at the forefront of the animal welfare standards” commented Larry Dierks president of Dierks Farms. “Animal welfare is the center of everything we do on Dierks Farms. We insure that our animals live a stress free life roaming our pastures. This is best for our cattle as well as the end product beef that our farm supplies.”
Dierks Farms is a grass fed and grass finished beef farm located in southern Illinois. Dierks Farms has been owned and operated by the Dierks family since 1881.Find out more about Dierks Farms and our grass fed and grass finished beef. Find out more about Dierks Farms by visiting our website @ http://www.dierksfarms.com/.