Alliance/Web Address Contact Year estab. Cattle in alliance in 2004 Average premium paid/head Cost Minimum head Grids geared to QG, YG or both (see key) Par point on grid Carcass weight on grid Harvest states Required genetics Practices required: S, W, P, N (see key) Electronic ID capable Retained ownership required Aligned with specific feeders, packers or retailers Cow-calf producer post-harvest premium
Consumer-Based Programs
Angus America, Mark Nelson, 402/462-2057, 1996 50,000 $8.50/hd $2-$4.50/hd 35 QG, YG Choice YG3 550-949 lbs. NE, CO, KS 80% USDA Angus (51% black-hided, Red Angus feeder calf tagged, or a combination of both) None Y N Packer — Excel Corp. N/A
Angus Gene Net, Dr. Ken Conway, 913/397-9100, 1998 100,000 $26.18/hd $3/hd 20 Both Choice YG3 535-950 lbs. NE, CO, TX None Pay a premium for source verification Y N Packer — Swift & Co. Y
BC Natural Foods, LLC, Scott Coakley, director cattle procurement, 303/884-7202; or Jim Coakley, VP of red meats, 970/466-7201 1979 100,000+ N/A None 1 Both Select — par, Choice — premium 600-900 lbs. steer, 600-850 lbs. heifer Midwest and Western states 50% need to grade Choice S, P, N N N Feeder — Small feeders throughout the West and Midwest N
Beef Advantage, Keith Harrison, 615/793-8585 2001 7,000 N/A $1/head 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A W, P, two round animal health program with MLV boster, bunk broke following a nutritionally sound co-op feeding program, castration and deworming Y N N/A N/A
Brangus Gene Net, Dr. Ken Conway, 913/397-9100, 1999 100,000 $26.18/hd $3/hd 20 Both Choice YG3 535-950 lbs. NE, CO, TX 25% Brangus Pay a premium for source verification Y N Packer — Swift & Co. Y
Cargill Cattle Feeders LLC Ben Brophy, 806/371-3711, 2000 65,000 $20/hd None 120 hd, one sex Both Choice YG3 600-900 lbs. TX, KS > 50% British, 0-50% Continental, 0-18.75% Brahman P, S Y N Feeder — Cargill Cattle Feeders LLC, packer — Cargill Meat Solutions, retailer — Safeway & Harris Teeter Y
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Feedlot Licensing Program (FLP) Steve Suther, 785/889-4162, CAB: 1978, FLP: 1998 215,000 Ch/Sel + $4.50/cwt. None 1 Both Vary with packer Vary with packer CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, MI, MN, NE, PA, TX, WA, WI, CAN 50% or greater Angus CAB Natural Program opened 2004 Y Vary with feedlot 80 feeders, 26 packers, 6,000 retailers, 7,000 restaurants and international distributors Vary with feedlot
Certified Hereford Beef LLC Jim Williams, vice president of supply, 816/842-3758, 1995 322,000 $14-$16/hd None N/A Both Choice YG4 or less, Choice & Select 600-1,000 lbs. NE, KS 100% British, at least 50% Hereford Corn feeding Y N Greater Omaha Packing Co., National Beef Packing, LLC Y
Charolais Gene Net Dr. Ken Conway, 913/397-9100, 2001 100,000 $26.18/hd $3/hd 20 Both Choice YG3 535-950 lbs. NE, CO, TX 25% Charolais Pay a premium for source verification Y N Packer — Swift & Co. Y
Consolidated Beef Products Inc. Bruce Cobb, 806/655-8955, 2000, began operations in March 2001 210+ cattle feeding entities N/A Full member — $3,000 one-time membership fee, $1/hd marketed; Associate member — $3,000 membership fee (Paid out at 50¢/hd marketed), $1.00/hd marketed N/A All grids available to the market Choice YG3 650-900 lbs. TX, NM, OK, KS, CO, NE, WY, IA, MN, SD N/A N/A N/A N Cooperative owned by member feedyards and cattle feeders N/A
Country Natural Beef, Dan Probert, 541/473-3355, 1986 32,000 Cost of production/return on investment Responsibility of being member of co-op, 11 days/year 120 Both High Select, low Choice YG1 &2 600-775 lbs. WA Cattle selected by biological type S, N, food alliance certification, no ionophores N Y Retailer — Natural Food Stores, packer — Washington Beef, feeder — Beef Northwest Cost of production/return on investment
Decatur Beef Alliance Warren Weibert, 888/675-2212, 1994 40,000 Confidential App. $9/hd Load lot of same sex Both Choice YG3 550-950 lbs. KS < 25% Bos indicus S, W, P Y 50% Packer — Excel N/A
Iowa Quality Beef Supply Coop Gene Rouse — 515/292-7385 1999 125,000 Boxed beef-based pricing Must own or lease shares 30 Both Choice YG3A 550-950 lbs. N/A None Premium for S Y N Packer — Swift & Co. N
Laura's Lean Beef Don Knore, VP of cattle procurement, 800/392-9389, 1985 70,000 $109.50/head average slaughter premium (Slaughter cattle with 700-lb. carcass including premium over market price, bonus grid, freight to slaughter) No cost to producers except weighing the feeder cattle No established minimum YG Select QG, 1.8-1.9 YG 550 to 800 lbs. NE, WI, MN 3/4 Continental or more, heavy muscled, lean bodied All-natural, 2 round vaccination program with a modified-live booster, 45 days weaned, bull calves castrated, wormed, dehorned Y N N/A For load lots of cattle, 35% of slaughter bonus
Montana Ranch Brand Terry O'Neill, 406/373-6016, 1994 10,000 $75/hd Free 40 Both YG2.8 and Choice -, Select 600-900 lbs. NE 3/8 British, 5/8 Continental S, W, P, N Y N Sell directly to the retailer Y, under certain conditions
Montana Range Piedmontese Beef Terry Hause, 888/251-1847, 1999 6,000 $0.10-$0.25 HCW $0 N/A No grid No grid 850 lbs. All Piedmontese sired S,W, P, N N/A Available Yes Yes
Nebraska Corn-Fed Beef Inc. Jo McElwain, 402/475-2333, 1997 32,000 $12/hd $4/hd 1 Both Choice YG3 550-1,000 lbs. NE No Bos indicus S, W, P, BQA guidelines Y N Feeder — Nebraska Corn-Fed Beef feedyard, packer — Swift & Co., Premium Protein Products, Excel N
Nolan Ryan's Tender Aged Beef Coy Meyring, 806/457-1389, 2000 Confidential Varies (call for information) None 1 Yield Select, YG1 & 2 600-899 lbs. TX None, prefer Bos indicus N Y N Feeder (licensed feedyards in South Texas and Texas panhandle) packers (Sam Kane Beef and Swift & Co.), retailers (Kroger) Y
Performance Plus — Retained Ownership Don Cain Jr., 888/269-8387, 1993 Confidential $32.90/hd $7.50/hd 1 Both N/A 500-975 lbs. IA, KS, NE, CO, MO, SD 50-75% British, 25-50% Continental MSI scanned Y Y N N
Performance Plus — Sale Barn Don Cain Jr., 888/269-8387, 1993 Confidential $22.33/hd $8/hd 1 Both N/A 500-975 lbs. IA, KS, NE, CO, MO, SD 50-75% British, 25-50% Continental MSI scanned, S, Vac 45 Y Y N N
Power Genetics Jason Anderson or Mark Tracy, 308/493-5604 1993 Confidential Confidential None 35 Both Confidential Confidential Confidential Power Genetics S, W, P Y N Confidential Y
Premium Gold Angus Beef Ron Vanderboon, 616/361-2808, 616/485-4257 (cell), 1993 100,000 $20-$30/hd $3/hd No minimum Both Choice YG3 600-950 lbs. NE 50% Angus S, W, P Y N Packers — Tyson Yes, with PGA approved bulls
Ranchers Renaissance, Rose Hickert 303/662-1945, 1997 100,000+ Confidential Confidential N/A Paid based on value created N/A Confidential TX, CO, Canada 50% British, 50% Continental W, P, Process verification Y Optional Feeder, packer, retailer Y
Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program, Ann Holsinger or Blake Angell, 940/387-3502,, 1995 100,000 Depends on location $1.19/hd 1 QG Choice YG3 550-950 lbs. CO, NE, KS 50% Red Angus, calves must have one registered Angus parent S N/A N Packer — Excel Corp. N
Simply Better Beef LLC, Al Perez, 970/304-2913, 1995 150,000 Confidential No cost to producers for group data, $1-$3 individual & full data Load lots of steers or heifers Both Choice YG3 536-999 lbs. CO, ID, TX British cross and Continental x British feeder cattle S, P Y N Feeder — Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding, Packer — Smithfield Foods N
U.S. Premium Beef Ltd., Tracy Thomas, 866/877-2525, 1996 600,000 $20/hd average Membership and share access 20 Both 50% Choice YG3 575-1,000 lbs. KS Breeds with high-quality grade carcass traits None Y N Packer — National Beef Packing Co. Yes
Western Grasslands Beef Wayne Langston, 530/253-1193, 2002 N/A Confidential $3/hd 1 N/A N/A 1,150 lbs. live weight CA 51% Black or Red Angus S, W, P, N, grassfed only, Born & Raised in the USA® certification N Y Confidential N
Calf-Based Programs
BUB Ranch Beef Alliance Don Bush or Holly Meyer, 417/867-3336 1998 3,000 $45/hd — Live $78/hd — Killed Buy BUB genetics, average bull — $2,450, commercial female — $1,350 1 YG N/A N/A MO, TX, AR Sired by BUB bull or from a BUB sired female S, Preconditioned at least 45 days, fully vaccinated Y N/A Joplin Regional Stockyards, U Lazy 2 Ranch, Flink Rock Feeders Y
Cooperative Beef $olutions — combining superior genetics and advanced management technologies to capture the most net dollars for your cattle! Willie Altenburg, 970/568-7881; Tim Davis, 800/584-0040; Dan Dorn, 888/675-2212; Joe Young, 800/858-4330; 2003 N/A $15-$25/hd management improvement $10-$12/hd 1 load 1 sex — will accommodate multiple owners N/A Choice/3B 550-950 lbs. KS None S Y Y Feeder — Decatur County Feedyard, packer — Excel, genetics — Genex, Herd, Management Programs — Midwest Micro Systems (Cow Sense) N/A
MFA Health Track Beef Alliance, Mike John, 573/876-5573, 1998 42,816 $43.70/hd None for members 1 N/A N/A N/A TX, KS, NE, MO, IL Low % Bos indicus and dairy S, W, P, standardized nutrition Y N/A No N/A
Missouri Verified Beef, Brad White 662/312-1443, 2000 1,100 + $39/hd See Web site 5 Both N/A N/A Multiple No dairy S, W, P, process verification Y N/A Confidential Y
Montana Beef Network, Lisa Duffey, project coordinator, 406/994-4324, 1999 24,600 N/A Source and age verification — $3/head, Source and age verification w/tracking and carcass data collection — $5/head 1 N/A N/A N/A All U.S. none S, W, P Y N N N/A
Piedmont Cattle Producers Association, Phil Slay, 334/864-0407 1994 2,150 8¢ over market $1.25/hd 20 N/A N/A N/A Midwest feedlots 50% Angus, 1/8 Bos indicus S, W, P, V (2 rounds) Y N/A Alabama Feeder Cattle Council N/A
Grids: geared to QG = quality grade, YG = yield grade, Both = quality and yield grade
Practices Required: S = source verification, W = weaning, P = preconditioning, N = natural (i.e., typically prohibit the use of antibiotics and growth hormones)

Editor's Note: BEEF defines alliances in this listing as either consumer-based alliances — those that focus on finding, feeding and marketing cattle according to pre-defined consumer product specifications, or calf-based — those concerned with procuring calves that fit certain value requirements. These BEEF Yellow Pages provide the most comprehensive public listing of industry alliances to date. Some that were contacted declined to participate.