August 22, 2009

USPB has extended its $35 per head Age and Source Verified (ASV) premium for cattle that are verified as 20 months of age or younger and delivered to our Liberal and Dodge City facilities through May 29, 2010.

This commitment is dependent upon the Japanese trade remaining open to U.S. beef products and our plants continuing to be approved to export to Japan. However, even if the border opens to product from cattle under 30 months of age, instead of the current 20 months or younger, USPB’s commitment to pay $35 per head will remain on age verified cattle 20 months or younger through May 29.

Eligible ASV cattle must be shipped from a feedyard that is an approved supplier in a USDA certified supplier program. See Fact Sheet on USDA Age Verification Programs in the USPB Age and Source Verified Program section on USPB’s web page.

Following are key points regarding the benefits of marketing cattle through USPB to receive age and source verified premiums and information that will help you participate in our ASV program:

  • $35 per head for finished, age and source verified cattle that are 20 months of age or younger.
  • ASV premiums are in addition to all premiums currently offered on USPB’s grids, including branded beef premiums such as Certified Angus Beef®.
  • Individual carcass data is provided at no additional cost.
  • A freight credit of up to $0.60 per cwt. to help reduce transportation costs to deliver cattle to our plants.
  • A $1 per head rebate for EID tags on cattle marketed to USPB’s Kansas plants, paid upon request.
  • For information on leasing delivery rights, please call our office at 866-877-2525.
  • Cattle need to be scheduled by Tuesday noon of the week preceding cattle delivery.

Producers interested in marketing ASV cattle to U.S. Premium Beef should call 866-877-2525 for more information on how they can participate in this program.