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Be Proactive, the Bite is Better if it Isn't Out of One's Own Rear

The first hurdle is cleared and CalfAID™ is process verified. This means doors are unlatched and ready to open. The next question is “open to what?”
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By Kris Ringwall
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NDSU Extension Beef Specialist
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Through the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association
(NDBCIA), CalfAID successfully completed the requirements for
the USDA Process Verified Program (PVP). "So what," may be a
typical response from a cattle producer, but the action shows
the NDBCIA has opted to take a proactive, leadership role for
its membership.

Leadership roles are not easy and a leadership role within the
beef industry can be even more challenging. Credit the NDBCIA
for stepping up to help beef producers prepare to meet the
challenges of age and source verification of their cattle.

Verification, as defined in Webster's Universal College
Dictionary, is "the act or process of verifying." To verify is
"to confirm or substantiate in law by oath or to establish the
truth, accuracy or reality." The "v" word will come to have
considerable bite in the future for cattle producers. The
NDBCIA is moving to help producers become proactive, to be
prepared on all sides and to avoid any bite from the rear.

Now is the time to become acquainted with PVPs. There is much
information on the USDA Web site,
http://processverified.usda.gov/, about PVPs. A click on the
Web address reveals that "the USDA Process Verified Program
provides suppliers of agricultural products or services the
opportunity to assure customers of their ability to provide
consistent quality products or services. This is accomplished
by having their documented manufacturing or service delivery
processes verified through independent, third-party audits."

The NDBCIA has been working on getting the CalfAID program
PVP approved for more than two years. The early efforts were
directed at formalizing a plan. In the last few months, the
efforts involved interacting with the USDA's Audit Review and
Compliance (ARC) Branch.

The net result of the NDBCIA CalfAID efforts, according to
the USDA Web site, allows calves processed through CalfAid "to
make marketing claims, such as processing claims, and market
themselves as "USDA Process Verified."

The USDA Web site notes, "The USDA Process Verified Program
uses the International Organization for Standardization's ISO
9000 series standards for documented quality management
systems as a format for evaluating program documentation to
ensure consistent auditing practices and promote international
recognition of audit results."

To operate an approved USDA Process Verified Program,
suppliers must submit documented quality management systems to
the Livestock and Seed Program and Audit Review and Compliance
Branch and successfully pass an audit. To pass the audit, the
following ARC procedures must be followed: ARC 1000 Procedure,
Quality Systems Verification Program General Policies and
Procedures (PDF file), ARC 1001 Process Verified Program (PDF
file) and ARC 1001A Policy QSVP Policies for PVP Programs (PDF
file).

The Web site also lists all the approved USDA Process Verified
Programs that have passed a document review and on-site audit
following the previously mentioned procedures, as well as
conformed to "all criteria of their approved quality
management systems."

If you still are reading, welcome to the club. The PVP club is
not easy to get into and, once in, not easy to maintain, but
no one said age and source verification is going to be easy.

The first hurdle is cleared and CalfAID is process verified.
This means doors are unlatched and ready to open. The next
question is "open to what?"

The beef markets are giving lip service to identification and
verification. The cash, however, is not visible on the table.

The NDBCIA knows leadership in a free, demand-based market
also means risk. With risk, the cutting edge is sharp, but at
least the future is brighter in a proactive mode.

May you find all your NAIS-approved ear tags.

Your comments are always welcome at www.BeefTalk.com. For more
information, contact the NDBCIA Office, 1133 State Ave.,
Dickinson, ND 58601 or go to www.CHAPS2000.COM on the
Internet.

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NDSU Agriculture Communication

:Source: Kris Ringwall, (701) 483-2427, kringwal@ndsuext.nodak.edu
:Editor: Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu

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