Respect for the animals. Respect for the land. Respect for your fellow man. Respect isn’t just a word. You mean it, live it, breathe it, and at the end of the day, you swear by it.

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Raised with Respect

Respect is the foundation upon which Certified Angus Beef producers and consumers find common ground. Producers respect the consumer’s need for high-quality beef raised right. Consumers want to know that producers are invested in sustainability, safety, and the best care for animals. Both want the same thing – respect for the animal and for each other.

And both want to be heard. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification gives Angus cattle producers and consumers a voice that brings everyone to the table. It builds a connection. It says, “This matters.” Because in this industry, respect isn’t just something – it’s everything.

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Committed to care. Backed by BQA.


We know Angus producers are committed to raising the best beef the right way. We also know that Certified Angus Beef partners and consumers want to know more about how cattle are cared for. Of the 51% of consumers who have concerns about beef production, their greatest concern is animal welfare, compared to concerns about environmental impacts, antibiotic use, or hormones.[1]

For cattlemen and women who are raising beef to higher standards, becoming BQA certified is an easy, effective way to get credit for the care you’re already giving your livestock. BQA or equivalent programs verify your commitment to consumers. That’s why Certified Angus Beef is sharing your story to build stronger beef demand and increase consumer trust.

Footnote: [1] Consumer Beef Tracker, Jan-Dec 2021

These Aren’t Your Normal BQA Trainings

We’re rethinking BQA training. By partnering with Sysco for our Raised with Respect™ campaign, we’re working with key states, cattlemen’s associations and educators, we to bring you BQA education like you’ve never seen before. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a Certified Angus Beef ® brand meal while you network with other producers and industry experts.

Join us at a BQA event near you:

Get BQA’d at the National Angus Convention

  • When: Saturday, November 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join Us for the BQA Bash

  • When: Saturday, November 4 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Small bites and drinks available
  • Bring a copy or picture of your BQA or equivalent certificate to the Certified Angus Beef booth in the Trade Show to get your sticker for admission to the event. You may also show a picture or copy of your BQA certificate at the door to get into the BQA Bash.

Brought to you by Certified Angus Beef and Sysco, in collaboration with Florida Beef Council and the American Angus Association.


  • When: Thursday, November 16 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Black Oak, 7435 TX-154, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
  • In conjunction with the Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization Feeder Calf Sale in Sulphur Springs
  • Get BQA’d and enjoy a Certified Angus Beef ® steak dinner when you’re done.
  • Brought to you by: Certified Angus Beef and Sysco, in conjunction with Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Beef Council and Texas AgriLife Extension
  • Meet-and-greet with Haven Meged
  • Click here to register

  • When: Saturday, February 10 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • In conjunction with the Iowa Beef Expo, Iowa Angus Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council
  • Where: Pennigroth Sale Arena at the Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • Travis Thomas, head of procurement with Upper Iowa Beef, will share insight from the packer.
  • This BQA workshop is open to the public.
  • Registration is not required, but encouraged. Sign up here.

  • When: February 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Round the Bend Steakhouse, 30801 E Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003
  • Get BQA’d, enjoy a Certified Angus Beef ® brand lunch and network with industry experts and your fellow producers
  • Plus, an optional Youth Quality Care for Animals (YQCA) component from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Meet-and-greet with Coach John Cook, Head Coach for University of Nebraska volleyball
  • Click here to register

  • When: Friday, April 12, 2024
  • Where: Hardin County Extension Office
  • Featuring a meal by Chef Josh Moore from Volare and Chef Zack Wolf of Ole Restaurant Group
  • Don’t miss this interactive BQCA workshop with chute-side education
  • View Agenda
  • Register Here 

  • When: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Joplin Regional Stockyards from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate National Beef Month by getting BQA’d.
  • CAB’s Dr. Daniel Clark will lead a beef fabrication session
  • Cattle handling training with Curt Pate
  • Enjoy a Certified Angus Beef ® brand dinner (must complete BQA certification exam to eat)
  • Pre-registration requested before May 11.
    • To register, call Joplin Regional Stockyards at 417-548-BEEF (2333)

  • When: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
  • Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, KS
  • In-conjunction with the Cattle U event
  • Find the full agenda on the Cattle U website
  • Register Here 

  • Where: Woodward Livestock Auction
  • When: Friday, June 28
  • Tentative Agenda:
    • 1:30 p.m. Registration
    • 2:00 p.m. Welcome from Certified Angus Beef
    • 2:30 p.m. Introduction and History of Beef Quality Assurance
    • 3:00 p.m. Rotation 1: Biosecurity and Herd Health
    • 3:50 p.m. Rotation 2: Cow/calf and Stocker Cattle Nutrition
    • 4:30 p.m. Rotation 3: More than Meat Science (Meat Cutting Demonstration)
    • 6:00 p.m. BQA Exam
    • 6:45 p.m. Dinner
    • 7:00 p.m. Market Update during dinner and announce giveaway winners
  • Register here

Sunday Check-in Giveaway

  • Show a current Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or Youth Quality Care for Animals (YQCA) certificate to receive a Richardson ballcap. Not certified? Join us for breakfast, BQA certification and big giveaways Monday morning. Details below.

Monday BQA Workshop

  • Join us on Monday, July 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. Parents and juniors welcome to attend.
  • Don’t miss the big breakfast! We’re serving pancakes, steak and eggs, donuts and beverages.
  • Everyone who completes BQA certification will receive a $30 Certified Angus Beef Store gift card and ballcap.
  • Must complete BQA certification for a chance to win the big giveaways:
    • Sullivan Supply Beast Package: 1 Beast Blower, blower cart, $300 Sullivan Supply gift card, $100 Certified Angus Beef Store gift card
    • Yeti Package: 1 hard-sided Yeti cooler filled with 4 tumblers, $100 Certified Angus Beef Store gift card, 20 beef stick packs
    • CAB Backpack Package: 1 CAB backpack, CAB stickers, Journal, 2 water bottles, 4 Yeti tumblers, $100 Certified Angus Beef Store gift card

  • Join us after Feeding Quality Forum at Hy-Plains Feedyard for a free BQA Workshop. See their education and research center while hearing from industry experts Dr. A.J. Tarpoff and Dr. Bob Smith at this feedyard-focused BQA training. Sessions will also be available in Spanish. One attendee who completes BQA certification will win a Yeti cooler filled with Certified Angus Beef ® steaks. Plus, hear from special guest Coach Jerome Tang from Kansas State University men’s basketball.
  • Feedyards and ranches are encouraged to register their employees even if they only want to attend the BQA workshop. 
  • Tentative Agenda: 
    • 1:30 p.m.: Check-in
    • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Welcome from CAB
    • 2:40-3:20 p.m.: Rotation 1
    • 3:30-4:10 p.m.: Rotation 2
    • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: BQA exam
    • 4:45-5:15 p.m.: Hear from Coach Jerome Tang
    • 5:15-7:00 p.m.: Celebrate getting BQA certified
  • Registration is requested at FeedingQualityForum.com.

Don’t miss these extra BQA certification opportunities:

  • ANCW Region 1 Spring Meeting/East Ohio Women in Ag Conference
  • April 6, 2024 in Wooster
  • View agenda and pre-register here.

Raised with Respect™ is a campaign brought to you by Sysco and Certified Angus Beef to highlight the shared commitment to support farmers and ranchers and the entire beef community. By investing in BQA training, the partnership elevates the cattle industry’s work to address consumer concerns, reinforce trust, and ensure future demand for beef.