Driggers Cattle Company spans four counties in North and South Carolina.
As natural beef producers, Jamie says the checkoff helps create marketing opportunities for them, and the chance to pass it on to the next generation.
Horns, animal handling practices and other factors can cause bruising, which reduces the overall value of a beef carcass, and can result in a net loss of weight and product yield.
While there were more carcasses with bruises in 2016, bruising was generally less severe than in previous years.
"There are several strengths to the industry.
There’s high consumer demand for the product.
Producers are improving the quality of beef, and the processing side of the industry has figured out how to be more efficient and use less resources.
It’s producing a fairly low-cost product that is incredibly high in quality.” - Government Agency, 2016 NBQA interview
In the 2016 NBQA, 99.5 percent of inspected hanging carcasses had no visible blemishes that would suggest the presence of injection site lesions – a key issue when beef quality initiatives were first introduced in the 1990s.
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The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.
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