Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program

In a cow/calf operation that sells weanling calves, owners can benefit their bottom line by entering a program such as the Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program (MSFQAP). There are many programs out there, but the MSFQAP is the mostly widely used around here. If certain requirements are met, the calves receive a tag in their ear that allows buyers to know exactly what set of vaccinations and procedures have been done. This in turns helps producers receive a premium on their cattle because they will be more likely to thrive in the feedlots without acquiring disease. The requirements of the MSFQAP are outlined below.

MSFQAP Requirements

Level 1: White Tag Program
  • Producers must be certified
  • Calves must be properly identified with an approved ear tag
  • External and internal parasite control
  • Calves must be dehorned and healed
  • Calves must be castrated with a knife and healed or verified to be steers
  • Vaccinations: 7-way clostridial, IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV, and Pasteurella (Haemophilus has become optional)
  • Calves must be born on the farm. Birthdate of oldest calf or range of birthdates must be provided
  • Bull in and out dates provided
  • Individual calf treatments must be recorded
  • Vaccinations must be given no younger than 5 months of age and at least 21 days before sale
Level 2: Red Tag Program
  • Must meet all requirements for Level 1 AND
  • Weaned 45 days before offering for sale
  • Receive boosters a minimum of 21 days following initial vaccinations. Modified live vaccines are required for viral vaccine boosters. Pasteurella booster not required if initial vaccine labeled as a single dose.
  • Boosters must be given at least 7 days prior to sale and be MLV for IBR, PI3, BVD, and BRSV
Level 3: Blue Tag Program
  • Must meet requirements of Level 1 and Level 2 AND
  • All cattle must be negative for persistent BVD infection.