Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


Agricultural & Extension Education

Committee Chair

Harry N. Boone, Jr.


The purpose of this study was to determine the level of knowledge and use of quality assurance practices by dairy and beef producers in West Virginia and to determine if differences in the level of use existed between D/BQA certified producers and non-certified producers. The population consisted of 125 West Virginia dairy producers identified on a Health Department list of regulated dairy farms within the state and 2,720 West Virginia beef producers from a database comprised of WV BQA certified producers and the South Branch and Buckhannon Stockyards mailing lists. A random sample of 92 dairy producers and 340 beef producers were randomly selected from the accessible population. Two-hundred and two producers responded to the survey. A descriptive research design was used for this study. It was found that producers certified in the WV D/BQA program were more knowledgeable of quality assurance issues such as prevention of injection-site lesions, adequate recordkeeping, and vaccination guidelines than their non-certified counterparts. Producers certified in the program were also found to be more likely to adopt certain quality assurance practices.