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Backgrounder Program

What is the Missouri Backgrounder Program?
The Missouri Backgrounder Program is designed to meet the cattle health and preconditioning needs of backgrounders, feeders and consumers. This program addresses immunology and the negative economics of disease. Participation in the program increases backgrounder accountability for health and safety of their product.

Why should I participate in the program?
The Missouri Backgrounder program allows cattlemen the opportunity to maintain a fair value, and a continued share of the market for their purchased cattle. The program provides backgrounders a standardized tool to build the reputation of, and increase the demand for, Missouri backgrounded cattle. Participating backgrounders will have an advantage when dealing with cattle buyers, feeders, packers and consumers.

How does the program work?
Veterinarians are certified by MSFQAP committee members. Veterinarians learn how they can influence carcass quality and consumer confidence by monitoring where and when injections are administered. Unlike the MSFQA Program, a certified veterinarian must process the cattle for this program.


Program requirements:

  • Participating veterinarians must be certified.
  • Cattle must be properly identified with a yellow metal ear tag. Tag numbers will be listed on an approved certificate.
  • External and internal parasite control is administered.
  • Vaccinations: 7-way clostridial, IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV, Manheimia heamolytica with leukotoxoid, (Histophilius somni is optional).
  • Cattle must be dehorned and healed or horns must be tipped.
  • Male cattle must be castrated or certified steers.
  • Cattle must be vaccinated no earlier than four months of age and no later than 21 days before sale.
  • Cattle must be owned a minimum of 45 days before sale.


What are the issues?
The beef industry must improve the quality and consistency of its product to become more competitive with alternative protein sources. Industry leaders believe this can become reality if the various sectors of the industry utilize the results of the National Beef Quality Audit.

According to the 1995 National Beef Quality Audit, the tip five concerns of packers are:

  • Lack of uniformity and predictability of live cattle.
  • Frequent defects in hides due to problems caused by brands, parasites and mud.
  • Too many injection-site blemishes.
  • Excessive carcass weights.
  • Too many bruises.

How do I get more information?
You may contact the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association at (573) 636-8612, or your veterinarian for answers to any questions.


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