Did You Know ... the Instrument Grading Evaluation from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit includes data representing more than 4.5 million carcasses? That information was collected over a one-year period.
Trey Patterson, member of the national BQA Advisory Board, joined Superior Sunrise to dive into the checkoff’s 2016 National Beef Quality Audit.
Patterson explains what the audit results about successes and shortcomings mean to the industry, and how incorporating Beef Quality Assurance principles into beef production practices is key for producers.
Read the positive findings from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit.
Results show a significant increase in Choice and Prime carcasses, a high mobility score for cattle entering packing plants and the number of blemishes, condemnations and other issues that impact animal value remain small.
beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year.
Exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-to-higher percentage of total production.
June beef exports were the largest of 2017.
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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