Alliance Web Address Contact Year estab. Cattle in alliance in 2007 Average premium paid Cost Minimum head Grids geared to QG, YG or both (see key at bottom of page) Par point on grid Carcass weight on grid Harvest states Required genetics Practices required: S, W, P, N (see key at bottom of page) Electronic ID capable Retained ownership required Aligned with specific feeders, packers or retailers Cow-calf producer post-harvest premium
AngusSource Sara Moyer-Snider, 816-383-5100, 2003 99,000 Varies $50 enrollment and $1/hd for visual tag or $3.25/hd for RFID-matched pair set. 1 N/A N/A N/A Varies Sired by a registered Angus bull — minimum of 50% Angus genetics S, age, genetics Y N For genetic verification — National Beef Packing Co. and Tyson Fresh Meats N
Cargill Cattle Feeders — Sharing Total Added Value (STAV) Program Tana Baker, 316-291-1974, 2000 60,000 26 None 120 same sex Both NA 600-899 TX, KS, CO 50% or greater English, 3/16 or less Brahman S, W, P not required, but preferred Y N Cargill Beef and retail customers N/A
Cooperative Beef $olutions
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 Both Choice/3B 550-1,000 lbs. KS None S Y Y Feeder — Decatur County Feedyard; Packer — Excel; Genetics — Genex; Herd Management Programs — Midwest Micro Systems (Cow Sense) Shared in proportion of retained ownership
Five Star Cattle Systems, LLC Alan Sears, 970-612-1571, 1995 75,000 N/A No cost for basic group data. $3/hd. for individual; $8/hd. for complete data Load lots QG, Natural Plant average 525-999 CO, MI, NE, PA, TX, WI Identifiable British cross & British X Continental feeder cattle S, W, P, N, age Y N Smithfield Beef Group, Magness Land & Cattle, Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding, Strauss Brands, Inc. N
Gelbvieh Profit Partners, LLC
Slim Cook, 307-272-2024, 2005 4,000 TBD by lot None Truckload Both N/A N/A NE, KS, WA, ID, UT 25% Gelbvieh influence S and age verification Y N Y N
MFA Health Track Beef Alliance
Mike John, 573-876-5573, 1998 52,438 $54/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, LLC
Brad White, Dan Goehl, 573-288-3817, or 2001 N/A N/A 15 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A No dairy S, W, P Y N/A Confidential Y
NEMO Premier Beef Marketers, LLC Imogene Latimer, 573-439-5283, N/A 350 Depends on year and feedlot results Call for information 1 Both N/A 550-1,100 KS, NE, IA 50% Angus or more W, P, S and age verification Y Y USPB and others N/A
South Ozarks Premier Beef Marketers Al Vance, 417-256-7460, 1999 300 $30 plus individual data $10/hd 5 Both N/A N/A KS, IA No dairy or longhorn, less than 1/4 Brahman S, W, P Y Sometimes N Sometimes
Verified Beef Andy Kellom, Operations Manager, 406-922-2233, 1999 (Started as Montana Beef Network) 55,000 Video sales in 2007 averaged $12/hd Source- and age-verification, $3/hd; source- and age-verification with tracking and carcass data collection, $5/hd 1, but recommend load lots N/A N/A N/A All U.S. None S, age verification and BQA certified Y N N N
Key: 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 prohibits the use of antibiotics and growth hormones)