Summary and Implications
U.S. beef producers are striving to improve the quality of their product. Most packers send economic signals to producers by paying quality grade and yield grade premiums based on the USDA standards in an effort to reward the higher quality beef producers and receive better quality animals in their slaughter plants. But the premiums and discounts for quality and yield grade vary between plants and grids. Therefore, identifying the characteristics of the lot before deciding which plant or grid system to sell their cattle is of special relevance for the producers.
Iowa State University
Ibarburu, Maro A. and Lawrence, John D.
"Predicting Animals in Feedlot That Produce Discounted Carcasses,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 651, ASL R2001.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol651/iss1/70