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Beef Quality and Yield Grade Workshops Resounding Success

C. Gray | February 14, 2020

Bedford – The Pennsylvania Beef Council (PBC) hosted two workshops for producers to learn more about beef quality. Dr. Jonathan Campbell, PSU Meat Extension Specialist and Dr. Lyda Garcia, Ohio State University Assistant Professor in Meat Science were the headline speakers for the event. The goal was to bring producers together alongside meat scientists to understand the impact of genetics, feed, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) practices and animal health can all have a hand in determining carcass quality. The speakers also covered grid-based pricing and how producers can achieve premiums on their beef.   

With producer audiences in State College and Dunbar, PA, the two speakers taught producers how beef carcasses are graded based on yield and quality. Nearly 75 producers in total turned out for the workshops. Information provided helps producers make decisions on their operations to better meet the needs of their customers. Dr. Garcia said, “it is important for you as producers to know what your customer is asking for. Not everyone wants a prime steak, but you must know what they want for you to meet their needs.” Both she and Dr. Campbell shared valuable tools for improvement based on their years of experience in the meat science industry.    

Amanda Butterfield, a beef producer in Somerset County said, “my attendance at the Beef Quality Meeting has given a new perspective to take my beef operation to a new level. Dr. Lyda Garcia of The Ohio State University gave an enlightening presentation on focusing production on meat quality beyond our farm gate. Genetics, animal handling, animal welfare and diet all contribute to the dining experience and we must focus on our customer!”   

For more information, please visit www.pa-bqa.org. For questions related to producer programming please contact Courtney Gray, PA Beef Council’s Director of Producer Communications, cgray@pabeef.org or 1-888-423-3372.   

Media Contact: Courtney Gray, cgray@pabeef.org, 814-623-2839 

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The Pennsylvania Beef Council is a producer-controlled and funded organization, which administers the Beef Checkoff Program in Pennsylvania. The Beef Checkoff Program assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. Checkoff revenues may be used for promotion, education and research programs to improve the marketing climate for beef.