Industry At A Glance: Carcasses grading Prime & Choice hit a record-high

by Nevil Speer via Beef Magazine

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The past several weeks have marked a significant accomplishment for the beef industry. That is, the percentage of the fed steer/heifer slaughter achieving the Choice grade has surpassed 70%. Meanwhile, the percentage of cattle grading Prime is consistently running near 5%. In combination, the grading mix of the fed steer and heifer population has eclipsed 75% for the first time in recent history.A Handbook for Ranch Managers

The last time the industry achieved that type of performance was in the early 1970s. From a long-run perspective, the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit outlined historical combined Prime and Choice percentages as follows:

1974 – 74%

1991 – 55%

1995 – 49%

2000 – 51%

2005 – 55%

2011 – 61%

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewNevertheless, the performance in recent weeks isn’t a fluke. It’s merely a continuation of a long-standing trend.

The beef industry has been highly committed during the past 20 years to improving the quality and consistency of beef products. The business has becoming increasingly effective at incentivizing producers along the way to become more consumer-centric. Producers have responded accordingly. It has all resulted in widespread strategic changes with respect to breeding systems, genetics and management systems to achieve the grading trend outlined in the graph.The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits    Combat Shooter's Handbook

Clearly, that’s been an important development. Improved quality and consistency keeps consumers coming back – they’re more likely to make repeat purchases with little or no hesitation. And most important, when that occurs, it allows for improved pricing power – as the beef industry has witnessed during the past 15 months or so.

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