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Source, and Process Verified
Officially Quality Graded on USDA Standards By VDACS Marketing Specialists

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General Requirements

Cattle producers must attend a beef quality assurance program.

Cattle qualifying as VQA must be certified by a third party such as a veterinarian, extension agent, Virginia Cattlemen's Association personnel, etc. who has been trained as a certifier.

Vaccinations are to be given according to label directions, except the initial vaccines requiring booster may be given at any time after the calves are 4 months; thus extending the period between the initial and booster doses.

All required vaccinations must be given after the calves are 120 days old and at least 14 days before sale (booster if label requires i.e. "double vaccinated")

All vaccinations given in the neck area.

Processing map and verification form to accompany cattle.

Minimum weight of 400 pounds.

Heifers guaranteed open.

Steers castrated, healed and guaranteed against stags.

All calves dehorned and healed.

Owned by seller at least 60 days

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Gold Tag - Health Program Assured

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Gold Tag W - Health Program Assured + Weaned

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Purple Tag - Genetic and Health Program Assured

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Purple Tag W - Genetic and Health Program Assured + Weaned

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