Beef Quality Upward Trend Continues

Beef Quality Upward Trend Continues

Kansas Farmer

The past year provided another leg upward in the recent trend toward higher quality grades in fed cattle, which drive boxed beef prices.

"USDA Choice and Select are the two leading volume grades," explains Paul Dykstra, beef cattle specialist with Certified Angus Beef LLC, who tracks weekly variations in grading reports. "Brands and specifications further define a pleasurable dining experience, but quality grade still sets the baseline bar for price."


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