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Beef Quality

Learn to utilize the industry’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program standards, which focus on animal handling, and the safety, quality and popularity of beef.

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Calving season is in various stages around the region, which means it is time to develop a herd health plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate herd health plan/protocol ensures all cattle are raised in the best health.

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Marbling influences beef’s eating satisfaction and has resulted in development of premium beef products that require a high degree of marbling.

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A small but growing number of cattle producers are selling cattle through niche markets like natural, organic or grass-fed.

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When direct marketing to consumers, not all parts of the beef carcass sell at the same pace. “The middle meats (rib, loin and tenderloin) generally move quickly,” says Machen.

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Are we producing the highest-quality cattle ever in the history of this great industry? Well, “ever” is right up there with words like never or best, often subject to debate …

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Many food labels bombard shoppers with various animal welfare claims in addition to the many labels of non-GMO or pasture-raised.

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