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Simple steps to VBP participation

Participating in the VBP program is simple and straightforward.

  1. Contact the Provincial Delivery Agent (PDA) for information or to register for a local Quality Starts Here workshop. Click here for a list of PDAs across Canada.
  2. The half-day workshops are scheduled for small or large groups of producers to explain the program basics. There is no obligation to participate further.
  3. Producers can choose to simply implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). If they wish, producers can move to the VBP registration stage, where their production practices and documentation are audited.
  4. To qualify for registration under the VBP audit program, cow/calf operations must implement the VBP program for at least six months; feedlot owners for at least three months.
  5. The audit, which takes about a half day, involves a cost (including traveling expenses) to have a trained auditor visit the operation and assess SOPs and documentation.
  6. Producers who successfully meet VBP criteria will be issued an official VBP registration certificate and can market their operation as VBP-registered.