CAB Insider: Quality vs. Yield Grade on the Grid

CAB Insider: Quality vs. Yield Grade on the Grid

Paul Dykstra

Drovers

As we see the industry average share of Choice in the fed cattle mix upwards of 70% and Prime over 5%, it’s not uncommon that I’m engaged in conversations with cattle feeders achieving Certified Angus Beef  brand acceptance rates greater than 40% on some of their better pens. In these days of cheap costs of gain relative to the selling price of cattle, we often also see more Yield Grade (YG) 4s  than any of us would aim for, sometimes from 20% to 30% or even higher.

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