Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

CAB's Paul Dykstra talks About What Sets Premium Quality Cattle Above the Average

Tue, 28 May 2019 16:57:25 CDT

CAB's Paul Dykstra talks About What Sets Premium Quality Cattle Above the Average The Quality Cattle Difference

What sets premium quality cattle above the average, and how those differences affect the bottom line.

Within the beef cattle industry, average quality keeps improving year by year.

“In the past decade we have seen the percentage of Choice carcasses go from around 55% to currently just under 75% with an additional 8% of Prime carcasses today which not so long ago was 2-3% for a number of years," said Paul Dykstra, Beef Cattle Specialist with the Certified Angus Beef brand. "So we have seen this decade’s improvement that has been dramatic. So the averages have increased from that standpoint, so we need to beat thise numberes which are more elevated than before."

Watch a short video-clip featuring Paul Dykstra, Beef Cattle Specialist with the Certified Angus Beef brand, shares his thoughts on what sets the premium quality cattle above the rest, by clicking or tapping the PLAYBOX in the window below.

That increase in quality has also been a game changer for the Certified Angus Beef brand.

“Currently the average of all of the eligible cattle, the predominant black-hided animals that are eligible for the brand, about 33% of those today are making it into the brand under our 10 specifications," Dykstra said. "Well it wasn’t so many years ago that we used to give out awards to feedyards that had a load of steers or heifers that would achieve 30%, so it’s dramatic improvement—and that just raises the bar though for everybody in terms of what we have to do to achieve premiums, because premiums aren’t paid with cattle that are below average”

But premiums ARE paid for every C-A-B and Prime, and discounts for too much fat or other issues—that’s how packers send signals that help producers select genetics that are more on target.

“The terminal traits are fairly easy to identify and also those traits are very heritable so we can move toward them rather rapidly and we can in one and two generation moves, so we can pursue that endpoint if that is our goal, and we made up our mind to do that," he said.

Just like everything else, market timing is crucial with high-quality cattle—even the month you sell can make a big difference.

“If we are merchandising cattle in April, May and June, those spreads tend to be wider at that time than in July. So if we have a pen of finished cattle that isn’t ready until July but they are high-quality cattle, we won’t be rewarded nearly as much as we would like to be because of timing alone," he added.

Source: Certified Angus Beef



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:39:02 CDT
  • Friday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:22:04 CDT
  • Friday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn   Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:02:28 CDT
  • Cattle Producers Should Watch for Signs of Blackleg and Anthrax After Floodwaters Recede  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:28:28 CDT
  • Emergency Watershed Protection Program Now Available to Help Flooded Farmers Back on Their Feet  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:23:02 CDT
  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:13:46 CDT
  • Ron Hays Talks Floods, 4-H and Youth with Oklahoma State Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:02:39 CDT
  • Texas Cattle Feeders Association Launches New Website Devoted to Telling the Cattle Feeding Story  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:41:38 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.