Virginia Quality Assured Feeder Cattle Program A Partnership for Marketing & Performance


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Gold Tag Program

  • VQA Health & Weaning Requirements
  • Cattle owned at least 120 days by consignor

Purple Tag Program

  • VQA Health & Weaning Requirements
  • Cattle owned at least 120 days by consignor
  • Sires are verified to be the 70thpercentile or better for Yearling Weight EPD in their birth year


General Requirements of Program

  • Feeder cattle are certified by a third party that VQA program standards are represented, consigning producers are Beef Quality Assurance certified and cattle are accompanied by a form verifying health, preconditioning and genetic (if applicable) inputs
  • Vaccinations are given according to label directions no less than 4 months of age and boosters given no less that 14 days prior to shipment
  • Required health program including vaccinations for the following given according to label directions and within BQA guidelines:
    • 7 strain clostiridialdiseases
    • Modified live bovine respiratory disease complex (IBR, PI3, BRSV, BVD Types 1 & 2)
    • Pasturella(with Leukotoxiod)
  • Cattle are graded by Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services personnel. Cattle must weigh a minimum of 400 pounds, have a frame/muscle score of L-1, M-1 or L&M2 and a flesh score of 4 –6. Unfit, ill, excessively aged or rejected cattle may not carry the VQA tag
  • Heifers are guaranteed open. Steers must be castrated, healed and guaranteed against stags
  • All calves are polled or dehorned and healed prior to shipment
  • All calves are weaned a minimum of 45 days prior to shipment, broke to eat forage/commodity feed from a bunk and are able to drink from an automatic waterer
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