Get the Facts About Beef
Posted on 1/11/2016 by Melissa JacksonTweet Email
On a daily basis, your beef checkoff team quashes misinformation and negative beef coverage and puts an end to potentially damaging press about beef – oftentimes before it ever reaches the public eye. That’s “The Best News You Never Heard.” Get the facts here!
Topic 1: Antibiotic Stewardship
Antibiotic stewardship is not new to cattle producers. For over 30 years, the checkoff has supported quality assurance programs to help make sure farmers and ranchers are continuously improving the way they raise beef. Read more about antibiotic stewardship here.
There has been a great deal of discussion lately about how antibiotics are used in raising livestock. The reality is that farmers and ranchers take antibiotic use in livestock very seriously and continuously evaluate the way they use antibiotics based on the best possible science.
In fact, for nearly 30 years, there have been quality assurance programs in place to help make sure farmers and ranchers are continuously improving the way they raise beef, including the way they use antibiotics, in order to protect human health, as well as animal health. This is often referred to as “antibiotic stewardship.”
Quality assurance throughout the beef community
A foundation for antibiotic stewardship in the beef community is the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Started in the 1980’s, BQA is a nationally-coordinated, voluntary, program that provides guidelines for raising beef. The BQA program is guided by an Advisory Board composed of veterinarians, animal scientists, meat scientists, state BQA coordinators, cattlemen and dairymen from across the United States.