Beef Quality Assurance Transportation workshops begin June 14


Gooseneck trailer used for transporting cattle.

BQAT sessions in northwest Iowa begin June 14.
Photo by Beth Doran.


ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Beef cattle transporters are receiving notice from major packers reminding them to renew their Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certificate. To help them renew or obtain new certification, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer BQAT trainings across northwest Iowa.  Extension beef specialist Beth Doran is organizing these trainings.

“BQAT certification was initiated several years ago by major packers,” Doran said. “The packers require custom truckers and producers hauling cattle with their own semi or trailer to have a current BQAT card. The objectives are human safety, animal comfort, and transportation protocols to help provide a high-quality product for the consumer.”

Trainings are scheduled for the following dates and locations, with preregistration required by calling the phone number listed for the site.

  • June 14 – ISU Extension and Outreach Sac County Office, 620 Park Ave., Sac City. RSVP to 712-662-7131.
  • July 12 – ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office, 110 W. 4th St., Spencer. RSVP to 712-262-2264.
  • Aug. 9 – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Orange City. RSVP to 712-737-4230.
  • Nov. 29 – ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County Office, 209 Centennial Dr., Cherokee. RSVP to 712-225-6196.

All workshops are from 1 to 3 p.m. and are free to attend. Participants should preregister two days in advance of the workshop they plan to attend.

For those unable to attend a training, BQAT is available on-line at

For more information, contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or email


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230,


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