Inside the BARN with BQA Colorado Director Libby Bigler…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – March 4, 2020 – The National Cattleman’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, announced the winners of its 2020 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The National BQA Awards recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers and marketers annually who not only demonstrate high-quality animal care and handling principles as part of their day-to-day operations, but express a strong desire to improve their operations through BQA.  The 2020 National BQA award categories and winners included: the 2020 BQA Cow-Calf Award… IX (NINE) Ranch in Big Sandy, Montana. the 2020 BQA – FARM Dairy Award was South Dakota’s Boadwine Farmsthe 2020 BQA Marketer Award was Western Video Market the 2020 BQA Educator of the Year Award was Montana Rancher/Stockmanship Clinician Curt Pate. And the recipient of the 2020 Feedyard BQA Award was Bledsoe Cattle Company, headquartered in Wray, Colorado, with feedyard facilities in several counties within the state PLUS a stocker ranch in South Dakota too. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio by telephone is Libby Bigler, director of the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance Program discussing:

  • How has BQA changed over the years? And what are some of the new updates?
  • What are the best ways to get BQA certified?
  • Where can people learn more about the National Beef Quality Assurance Program and Colorado’s BQA Program too?
  • What are the BQA Awards all about?
  • Who nominated  Bledsoe Cattle Company and why they won the 2020 National BQA Feedlot Award
  • Upcoming CO BQA Events (Stockmanship/Stewardship clinic in Durango Aug 28-29 and Colorado Ag Day at the CO State Capitol on March 25 in Denver)
  • Final thoughts




If you would like to learn more about each of the NCBA’s 2020 National Beef Quality Assurance award winners’ operations, including CO’s Bledsoe Cattle Company, visit

The Beef Quality Assurance Program is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program funded by the Beef Checkoff that provides U.S. beef producers guidelines and certification drawn from common sense husbandry techniques and accepted scientific knowledge on how to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA 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 cattle are the best they can be.

For more information on Beef Quality Assurance, visit And to learn more about the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance Program please visit

Today’s interview was brought to you by The BARN and courtesy of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association….representing America’s cattle producers since 1898, as well as preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. The NCBA is the largest association of cattle producers, and works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. With efforts being made possible through NCBA membership contributions. To learn more about the National Cattlemens Beef Association and to learn how you can join the organization, contact the NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or simply email or better yet visit

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03-04-20 Inside the BARN with BQA Colorado Director Libby Bigler...

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.