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VIRGINIA QUALITY ASSURED PROGRAM

Virginia Quality Assured (VQA) is a feeder cattle marketing program used to identify and market feeder cattle that meet superior health and genetic requirements. The Gold Tag program focuses on superior health requirements, while the Purple Tag program takes into account both health and genetic considerations.

VQA tags and accompanying requirements:

Gold Tag

Gold Tag
Health Program Assured

  • Vaccinated for IBR, BVD, PI3, 7 strain clostridial, and Pasteurella (with Leukotoxiod) no earlier than 120 days old and at least 14 days before sale.
  • Processing map and certification form to accompany cattle.
Gold Tag W

Gold Tag W
Health Program Assured + Weaned

  • Vaccinated for IBR, BVD, PI3, 7 strain clostridial, and Pasteurella (with Leukotoxiod) no earlier than 120 days old and at least 14 days before sale.
  • Processing map and certification form to accompany cattle.
  • Calves weaned at least 30 days.
  • Feed and water trough broke.

Purple Tag

Purple Tag
Genetic and Health Program Assured

  • Vaccinated for IBR, BVD, PI3, 7 strain clostridial, and Pasteurella (with Leukotoxiod) no earlier than 120 days old and at least 14 days before sale.
  • Processing map and certification form to accompany cattle.
  • Breed of sire identified.
  • Sire must meet minimum Yearling Weight EPD's.
    • British sires must be at least breed average.
    • Continental sires must be at least 0.

 

Purple Tag W

Purple Tag W
Genetic and Health Program Assured + Weaned

  • Vaccinated for IBR, BVD, PI3, 7 strain clostridial, and Pasteurella (with Leukotoxiod) no earlier than 120 days old and at least 14 days before sale.
  • Processing map and certification form to accompany cattle.
  • Sire must meet minimum Yearling Weight EPD's.
    • British sires must be at least breed average.
    • Continental sires must be at least 0.
  • Breed of sire identified.
  • Calves weaned at least 30 days.
  • Feed and water trough broke.

General Requirements

  • Cattle producers must be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified.
  • To qualify for VQA, feeder cattle must be certified by a third party, such as a veterinarian, extension agent, VQA personnel, or someone who has been trained as a certifier.
  • Vaccinations are to be given according to label directions, except the initial dose of vaccines requiring booster may be given at any time after four (4) months of age; thus extending the period between the initial and booster injections.
  • All required vaccinations must be given after calves are 120 days old and at least 14 days before sale (booster should be given if required by label instructions).
  • All vaccinations must be given in the neck area.
  • A processing map and verification form must accompany cattle.
  • Cattle must weigh a minimum of 400 pounds.
  • Heifers are guaranteed open.
  • Steers are castrated, healed and guaranteed against stags.
  • All calves are dehorned and healed.
  • Cattle are owned by the seller for at least 60 days.

Contact
Mike Carpenter
540.480.1459
mike.carpenter@vdacs.virginia.gov

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