Are you a Red Angus GridMaster? Submit carcass data now.

Spring and early summer is harvest season for a majority of the nation’s fed cattle, and cattlemen and feeders are now reflecting on the carcass data from this year’s crop. Producers who utilize the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) tag may submit their carcass data to be considered for the distinguished GridMaster award.

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recognizes GridMaster winners as a way to demonstrate the grid capability and potential for increased market premiums of Red Angus cattle. Producers whose cattle are enrolled in the FCCP are eligible to submit data to the RAAA, and the very best of those cattle qualify for GridMaster status. By collecting carcass data, producers improve their reputation as progressive cattlemen and feeders. They are also able to apply the carcass information into breeding advancements and sire selection in their cowherd.

Five different packers have harvested cattle each of the last two years that meet the qualifications for GridMaster cattle. JBS USA, U.S. Premium Beef, Meyer Natural Angus, Tyson and Cargill have experienced the quality and premium-generating capabilities of these tremendous carcass cattle. A record number of GridMaster winners were recognized last year as more than 2,500 head of cattle qualified for this title.

Red Angus calves enrolled in the FCCP that were harvested between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, may be considered if they meet the following specifications under two different classifications: all-natural cattle or conventionally fed cattle.

All-Natural Cattle Specification

• 30 head (or larger) load lot size

• 90% (or higher) Choice and Prime

• 10% (or less) Yield Grade #4

• Calculated Grid Score of 100 or higher

Conventionally Fed Cattle Specifications

• 30 head (or larger) load lot size

• 85% (or higher) Choice and Prime

• 5% (or less) Yield Grade #4

• Calculated Grid Score of 100 or higher

RAAA will recognize GridMaster winners in the September issue of the American Red Angus magazine and honor them at the 2011 Red Angus National Convention in Durham, N.C., Sept. 14-16.

FCCP-enrolled producers can contact RAAA to submit their carcass data for consideration of GridMaster status. Data can be sent to Myron Edelman, director of added value programs, at myron@redangus.org or faxed (877) 205-2439. You can also call Edelman at (307) 351-6032 for more information.

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