should this matter to you?
Dairy cows represent a major source
of beef. Cows marketed to slaughter can represent up to 15% of a
dairy's income. In the Western states alone, over 800,000 head (worth
about $500 million) are marketed to slaughter every year.
New demands on meat packers,
resulting from implementation
of Hazard Analysis Critical Control
Point plans, have focused their attention on the quality of cattle
coming into the packing plant.
This dairy beef program
educates producers, farm advisors,
and dairy veterinarians on issues
in market cattle food safety
and quality, and provides tools for
assessing and certifying on-farm quality assurance programs.