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Research & White Papers

Determination of the effect of branding on consumer palatability ratings of beef strip loin and ground beef
Author: Dr. Travis O'Quinn, Kansas State University

Sensory evaluation of tender beef strip loin steaks of varying marbling levels and quality treatments
Given tenderness, marbling is key
Author: C.H. Corbin, T.G. O'Quinn, A.J. Garmyn, M.R. Hunt, R.J. Rathmann, J.C. Brooks, M.F. Miller, Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University and J.F. Legako, Dept. of Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences, Utah State University and T.T.N. Dinh, Dept. of Animal and Dairy Sciences, Mississippi State University

Genetic Basis for Heat Tolerance in Cattle
Author: Dr. Megan Rolf, Oklahoma State University

Best Practices for Managing Heat Stress in Feedyard Cattle
In the cool of spring, plan for the heat of summer
Author: Dr. Terry L. Mader, Mader Consulting LLC

Changes in the Ground Beef Market and What it Means for Cattle Producers
The Ground Beef Market and Price Signals
Author: Mark McCully and Nevil C. Speer, PhD, MBA, Western Kentucky University and Tom Brink, Top Dollar Angus, Inc.

Retail and Foodservice Marketing Trends for Beef
We still want beef
Author: Bailey Harsh, Oklahoma State University and Deb VanOverbeke, Oklahoma State University

Should Beef Quality Grade be a Priority?
Demand study: Quality builds future for beef
Author: Dr. Scott Brown, University of Missouri and Jillian Steiner, Univeristy of Missouri

Effects of the 60-d Window Around the Time of Weaning on Subsequent Quality Grade and Eating Quality of Beef
Marbling matters as weaning time approaches
Author: Jason K. Ahola, Colorado State University

External influences on North American beef production: How will the cattle feeding industry adapt?
Supporting files: News Release
Author: Pete Anderson, Ph.D., Director of Research, Midwest PMS, LLC

Selection for Marbling and the Impact on Maternal Traits
Author: Jason Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Tech and Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Tech

The relationship between subcutaneous fat and marbling
Supporting files: News Release
Author: Robert Maddock, Associate Professor and Extension Meats Specialist, Animal Sciences, North Dakota State University

Breeding Programs from a Cattle Feeder’s Perspective
Supporting files: News Release
Author: Tom Brink, J&F Oklahoma Holdings

Consumers, Business and Breeding Systems: Charting the Beef Industry's Path
Supporting files: News Release
Author: Nevil C. Speer, PhD, MBA, Western Kentucky University

Defining and Quantifying Certified Angus Beef ® Brand Consumer Demand
Supporting files: News Release #3 | Supporting files: News Release #2 | Supporting files: News Release #1
Author: Lance Zimmerman, Kansas State University and Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University

GeneMax™ trade; Field Study Summary
Author: Gary Fike

Factors Driving Cattle Feeding Profitability
Author: Shawn Walter and Ron Hale, Professional Cattle Consultants

Southern Carcass Improvement Project Review
Author: Tom Brink, J&F Oklahoma Holdings

Effects of Nutrition and Management During the Stocker Phase
Author: Clint Krehbiel, Oklahoma State University

Understanding Grid Marketing: How Quality Grades and Grid Conditions Affect Carcass Value
Supporting files: News Release
Author: Pete Anderson, Ag Knowledge Services

Crossbreeding: Considerations and Alternatives in an Evolving Market
Executive Summary
Author: Nevil C. Speer, PhD, MBA, Western Kentucky University

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Educational Resources

PDFs are available for immediate download, or to request printed copies, fill in the quantity for each resource and complete the ship-to information. Click "submit" to send your request.

Best Practices Manual

A "how-to" guide to managing Angus genetics, with five main sections containing science-based recommendations to raise high-quality beef, plus marketing ideas to reap the rewards.

Stocker Manual

Cow/Calf Manual

Cattlemen’s Pocket Guide

The quick facts about the Certified Angus Beef ® brand specifications, supply chain and frequently asked questions.

Cattlemen's Pocket Guide

Supplying the Brand

Stories and studies about the farmers and ranchers who focus on consumer demand for beef quality and how they meet that demand profitably.

Suppling the Brand

Beef Grading Resource

Quality and yield grades explained along with carcass defect causes - which prevent cattle from earning the CAB stamp. Plus a short history of the USDA grading system.

Beef Grading Resource


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Black Ink Basics tech sheets

Black Ink Basics tech sheets

Easy-to-read info from health and Angus genetics to matching feedlot performance with quality goals. All relate to the black ink on a producers bottom line.

Poor Calf Health

Genetics Grow Profit

Nervous Cattle Wreck Profit

Marbling is Key

Cost of Variability

Delay Implant, Increase Qlty

Prices Send Signals

Selection for $B

Earn Premiums at Auction

Profitable Feedlot Cattle