Date: 2/7/2014 12:00:00 AM

Title: ICA proposal becomes interim policy at NCBA

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association was successful during the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in moving a resolution forward that would define one national auditing process for producers.

Tyson Foods, Inc. announced in October 2012 that it intended to implement a program to guarantee humane treatment of animals throughout the meat production process, and it would call that auditing process FarmCheck™. Initially, Tyson intended to implement the program with cattle producers in January 2014.

ICA adopted a policy from the Cattle Production Committee at its annual meeting in December 2013 that noted that packers are moving toward third-party audits, and that expecting beef producers to keep multiple sets of written records on the same activity to satisfy multiple auditing system would be redundant and time-consuming. The ICA policy said the beef industry “should work towards utilizing the current BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) program as the accepted record keeping for such third party audits.”

After some discussion with NCBA’s Cattle Health and Well Being Committee, the group adopted interim policy that “NCBA work towards utilizing the current Beef Quality Assurance assessments for such third party audits.”

Colin Woodall, the vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said the policy, along with others adopted during the meeting, will be considered interim until they are finalized during the Summer Conference in Denver in late July and early August.