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Red Angus GridMaster Awards recognize top product

For the second year in a row, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) awarded a record number of GridMaster Awards to Red Angus breeders and feedlots at the RAAA’s national convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17.

Thirty-nine producers and feeders received the prestigious GridMaster Award that recognized them for breeding and owning cattle that meet and exceed strict carcass quality specifications.

The number of GridMaster Award recipients more than doubled from last year, while the number of fed cattle that met the program’s criteria nearly tripled, totaling 2,800 head. “As exciting as the number of winners may be, the level at which these cattle performed is outstanding,” said Myron Edelman, director of value-added programs.

In order to achieve GridMaster status, Red Angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle enrolled in the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) must achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. Both conventional- and natural-fed cattle are eligible for GridMaster consideration.

The conventionally fed cattle – numbering 1,022 head – averaged 91.47 percent Choice quality grade, 56 percent Yield Grade 1s and 2s, with only a 2.3 percent Yield Grade 4s.

The naturally fed cattle – 1,738 head – averaged 95 percent Choice or better including 9 percent Prime quality grade. Fifty percent were Yield Grade 1 or 2 and less than 5.5 percent were Yield Grade 4s.

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“There’s no question,” said Edelman, “that these are the type of carcass cattle this business strives to produce.”

Load lots ranged in size from 31 to 316 head.

For the second year in a row, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) awarded a record number of GridMaster Awards to Red Angus breeders and feedlots at the RAAA’s national convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17.

Thirty-nine producers and feeders received the prestigious GridMaster Award that recognized them for breeding and owning cattle that meet and exceed strict carcass quality specifications.

The number of GridMaster Award recipients more than doubled from last year, while the number of fed cattle that met the program’s criteria nearly tripled, totaling 2,800 head. “As exciting as the number of winners may be, the level at which these cattle performed is outstanding,” said Myron Edelman, director of value-added programs.

In order to achieve GridMaster status, Red Angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle enrolled in the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) must achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. Both conventional- and natural-fed cattle are eligible for GridMaster consideration.

The conventionally fed cattle – numbering 1,022 head – averaged 91.47 percent Choice quality grade, 56 percent Yield Grade 1s and 2s, with only a 2.3 percent Yield Grade 4s.

The naturally fed cattle – 1,738 head – averaged 95 percent Choice or better including 9 percent Prime quality grade. Fifty percent were Yield Grade 1 or 2 and less than 5.5 percent were Yield Grade 4s.

“There’s no question,” said Edelman, “that these are the type of carcass cattle this business strives to produce.”

Load lots ranged in size from 31 to 316 head.

For the second year in a row, the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) awarded a record number of GridMaster Awards to Red Angus breeders and feedlots at the RAAA’s national convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17.

Thirty-nine producers and feeders received the prestigious GridMaster Award that recognized them for breeding and owning cattle that meet and exceed strict carcass quality specifications.

The number of GridMaster Award recipients more than doubled from last year, while the number of fed cattle that met the program’s criteria nearly tripled, totaling 2,800 head. “As exciting as the number of winners may be, the level at which these cattle performed is outstanding,” said Myron Edelman, director of value-added programs.

In order to achieve GridMaster status, Red Angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle enrolled in the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) must achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. Both conventional- and natural-fed cattle are eligible for GridMaster consideration.

The conventionally fed cattle – numbering 1,022 head – averaged 91.47 percent Choice quality grade, 56 percent Yield Grade 1s and 2s, with only a 2.3 percent Yield Grade 4s.

The naturally fed cattle – 1,738 head – averaged 95 percent Choice or better including 9 percent Prime quality grade. Fifty percent were Yield Grade 1 or 2 and less than 5.5 percent were Yield Grade 4s.

“There’s no question,” said Edelman, “that these are the type of carcass cattle this business strives to produce.”

Load lots ranged in size from 31 to 316 head.

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