Alliance Web Address Contact Year estab. Cattle in alliance in 2008 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
Certified Angus Beef, LLC Feedlot Licensing Program (FLP) Steve Suther, 785-889-4162, CAB: 1978, FLP: 1998 >200,000 Ch/Sel + $4.50/cwt. None 1 Both Varies with packer Varies with packer CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, MI, MN, NE, PA, TX, WA, WI, UT, CAN 50% or greater Angus preferred N/A Y Varies with feedlot 80 feeders, 26 packers, 6,000 retailers, 7,000 restaurants and international distributors Varies with feedlot
Certified Angus Beef Natural Steve Suther, 785-889-4162, 2003 >100,000 Varies with packer None Varies with packer Both N/A N/A NE, UT 50% or greater Angus N, S, never had implants, antibiotics or animal-derived feeds Y N Tyson Foods and Niman Ranch Varies with packer
Certified Hereford Beef, LLC Office, 816-842-3758 1995 462,000 $14-$22/hd; age and source premium: $35/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, Hereford Verified feeders Y
Consolidated Beef Producers Bruce Cobb, 806-655-8955, 2000 1.5+ million marketings Confidential and varies based on program $3,000 (one-time) membership fee and cattle marketing service fee N/A Both Varies, depending on grid options Varies, depending on grid options TX, NM, OK, KS, CO, NE, WY, IA, MN, SD N/A Varies, depending on program specs Y N Horizontal alliance with producers N/A
Country Natural Beef Dan Probert, 541-473-3355, 1986 50,000 Cost of production/return on investment Responsibility of being member of co-op (9 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, cattle owned from birth Y Y Retailer — Natural Food Stores, packer — AB Foods, feeder — Beef Northwest Cost of production/return on investment
Creekstone Farms Ryan Meyer, 620-741-3321, 1998 260,000 $12-$100/hd None None QG Choice YG3.3 550-950 lbs. KS Black Angus S and age-verified program requires third-party certification. Natural program requires never/ever affidavit from birth. Non-Hormone Treated Cattle Program (NHTC) requires third-party certification. Y N Y Y
Decatur Beef Alliance Kevin Unger, 888-675-2212, 1994 40,000 Varies Approximately $9/hd Load lot of same sex Both Choice YG3 550-1,000 lbs. KS < 25% Bos indicus P, S, preweaning Y Y, 50% Packer — Cargill Meat Solutions N/A
GeneNet Ken Conway, 758-628-3004, 1998 70,000 $20 to $90/hd $3 to $4/hd 20 Both Choice YG3 535-950 lbs. NE, CO None None Y Doesn't matter Packer — JBS Y
Laura's Lean Beef Scott Coakley, VP of cattle procurement, 800-392-9389, 1985 70,000 $85 plus freight to slaughter None None Both Select YG 2.3-2.4 and Choice YG 2.0-2.9 575-825 lbs. NE, WI, TX High percentage Continental N, S, W, P Y N N/A For load lots of cattle, 35% of slaughter bonus
Meyer Natural Angus Jim Norwood, 816-769-7334, or Blake Angell, 785-410-3750, 1995 Confidential $100+/hd slaughter premium None None QG Select YG3 600-1,000 lbs. NE Minimum 50% Red or Black Angus S, W, P, N Y N Y N
Montana Ranch Brand Natural Jake Eshelman, 406-294-2333, 1994 10,000 $75-$125/hd retained ownership None Potload Both YG2.8 and Choice-Select 700-900 lbs NE Continental/British cross S, W, P, N Y N Retailer direct Y, under certain conditions
Montana Ranch Brand Piedmontese Jake Eshelman, 406-294-2333, 2000 10,000 $35-$50 cow-calf or $100-$130 retained ownership None Potload Both YG2.8 and Choice-Select 700-900 lbs. NE Piedmontese/British cross S, W, P, N Y N Retailer direct Y, under certain conditions
Nolan Ryan's Guaranteed Tender Meats Coy Meyring, 806-457-1389, 2000 Confidential Varies None 1 YG Choice and Select, YG1 & 2 600-899 lbs. TX, CA None, prefer Bos indicus N N/A N Feeder, packer, retailer N
Painted Hills Natural Beef Will Homer, 541-763-2333, 1996 2,400 $90+/hd None 40 QG Choice 700-1,000 lbs. WA Angus-based S, N, no hormones, antibiotics or animal by-products N/A N Feeder, Packer, retailer N/A
Performance Plus - Retained Ownership Don Cain Jr., 888-269-8387, 1993 Confidential $33.23/hd $7.50/hd 1 Both N/A 500-1,000 lbs. IA, KS, NE, CO, MO, SD 50-75% British, 25-50% Continental MSI scanned Y Y Nebraska Corn COOP & their investor members and its participating feedyards, based on contracts. This strategic alliance brings grass roots producers together with technology, cattle and corn/corn coproducts N
Performance Plus - Sale Barn Don Cain Jr., 888-269-8387, 1993 Confidential $27.06/hd $8/hd 1 Both N/A 500-1,000 lbs. IA, KS, NE, CO, MO, SD 50-75% British, 25-50% Continental MSI scanned, S, Vac 45 Y Y Nebraska Corn COOP & their investor members and its participating feedyards, based on contracts. This strategic alliance brings grass roots producers together with technology, cattle and corn/corn coproducts N
Power Genetics Jason Anderson, 308-493-5604, 1993 Confidential Confidential None 35 Both Confidential Confidential Confidential Power Genetics and/or greater than 50% Angus S, W, P Y Y Confidential Y
Premium Gold Angus Beef Ron VanderBoon, 616-361-2808, 616-485-4257 (cell), 1993 150,000 $12-$120/hd None 40 Both Choice YG3 600-1,000 lbs. WI 50% Angus S, W, P Y N N/A Y, with PGA approved bulls
Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program Mikalena Randazzo, 940-387-3502,; Myron Edelman, 307-351-6032, 1995 100,000 Depends on location $1.19/hd or $3.25/hd depending upon type of ear tag selected (just visual or visual/EID combo set) 1 QG Choice YG3 550-975 lbs. CO, NE, KS 50% Red Angus, calves must have one registered Angus parent S, age Y N Cargill Meat Solutions, Meyer Natural Angus, US Premium Beef/National Beef, Decatur County Beef Alliance, Beef Northwest Feeders, GeneNet with JBS Swift, 70/70 grid with JBS Swift N
Snake River Farms Wade Small, 208-226-5215, 208-243-1813 (cell), 1990 N/A N/A N/A 70 N/A N/A N/A WA Wagyu S, N Y N Agri Beef Co. Y
Tallgrass Beef Company Ron Ladner, cattle procurement manager, 877-822-8283, 2004 N/A 85 None No minimum Both High Select/YG3 500-900 lbs. KS, CA Predominantly British based S, W, P, N Y Not required, but preferred N/A N/A
TwoRiver Cattle, American Simmental Association 7070 Beef Mark Guge, 515-231-6849, 2003 40,000 $33/hd $4/hd NA Both Choice YG3A 550-1,000 lbs. NE, CO None Premium for S & age cattle with PVP certification Y N Packer — JBS Swift N
U.S. Premium Beef, LLC Tracy Thomas, 866-877-2525, 1996 735,000 $27.42/hd Membership and units access 20 Both 50% Choice YG3 575-1,000 lbs. KS, CA Breeds with high-quality grade carcass traits None Y N Packer — National Beef Packing Co. Y
Calf-Based Programs
AngusSource Sara 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 lbs. 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 Wendell Geeslin, General Manager, Magness Land and Cattle, 970-396-6958,, 1995 75,000 N/A No cost for basic group data. $3/hd. for individual; $8/hd. for complete data Load lots Both and Natural N/A 525-999 lbs. CO, MI, NE, PA, TX, WI Identifiable straight British and British cross and Continental feeders S, W, P, N, age Y N Magness Land and Cattle, Producers Feedlot, Choice Livestock, Select Feeders, 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 50,000 $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 550-1,000 lbs. KS,NE,IA 50% Angus or more W, P, S and age verification Y Y USPB and others N/A
Verified Beef Andy Kellom, 406-867-2333, 1999 >100,000 Varies with marketing Source and Age - $3 per head, Carcass Data Collection - $6 per head 1 N/A N/A N/A All U.S. None Source, Age 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)