National Beef Quality Audit: We’re getting better

The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) indicates that beef quality continues to improve in the U.S. However, there are ways producers can improve quality. Food safety continues to be an important quality factor. There was a huge increase in the frequency of Prime and Choice and a decrease in the frequency of Select. There has been a continual increase in hot carcass weight as well as a decrease in black-hided cattle and an increase in Holstein-type cattle. Bruising continues to be a problem, but the bruises are smaller.

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