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FEB 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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November 20 and $21.43 for the week of November 27. With the camera adjustments in place the USDA data for November 20 showed just over 1 percent de- cline in Choice grade carcasses from last year. "The share of Choice carcasses certified into Premium Choice brands made a notable 3-point de- cline during the first week of No- vember, down from 29.2 percent, but quickly recov- ered in the follow- ing two weeks on further adjustments t o 2 8 . 8 p e r c e n t [ in the November 2 7 r e p o r t ] ," s a i d Dykstra. While individual circumstances may display a different picture, industry- wide the experts agree the impact of the camera glitch was likely mini- mal. Ibach credits that to the human USDA graders. "The simple fact is that a trained, impartial USDA grader assigns the final grade to each and every beef carcass," he said. "We ensure that these men and women have full authority to override camera grades when they believe they are not accurate. Again, we have communicated our expectation that our grading professionals assure the accuracy and consistency you all expect and deserve from USDA." To ensure that safety check con- tinues the November 9 camera up- g rade came with a change in USDA p olicy. The override procedure was adjusted from 40 degrees to 20 de- grees. "This will provide USDA graders additional flexibility to override a grade assigned by a cam- era if that grade is more than 20 de- grees off," said Ibach. The USDA expects the change to be temporary until additional data can verify the camera soft- ware upgrades are effective. "We know that the entire value chain – from cow-calf producers to feeders, through packers, and ulti- mately to the consumer – depends on those grades being accurate and consistent," said Ibach. "The USDA is committed to ensuring our mu- tual goal of protecting the integrity of our beef grading services." FL FEED•LOT  February 2018 17

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