The Red Angus Association of America announced Christensen Bros., Inc. is one of six cattle firms in the Naturally Fed Division to earn the prestigious Grid Master award. This is the 20th Grid Master award Christensen Bros., Inc. has received.
The Red Angus Association of America awards the Grid Master to cattle producers and feeders who own cattle that meet and exceed strict carcass quality standards. Recipients must raise Red angus or Red Angus-influenced cattle and enroll in the Feeder Calf Certification Program, as well as achieve a specified level of carcass excellence. Conventional- and natural-fed cattle are eligible for the award.
Christensen Bros., Inc. earned the Grid Master distinction with three loads of naturally fed cattle. The first, a 77-head load, finished with 4 percent Prime, 95 percent Choice and 88 percent Yield Grade 1s and 2s and a Grid Score of 159. The second load of 88 head finished with 9 percent Prime, 95 percent Choice and 57 percent Yield Grade 1s and 2s and a Grid Score of 140. The third load of 65 head finished at 15 percent Prime, 100 percent Choice, and 62 percent Yield Grade 1s and 2s and a Grid Score of 149.
Natural -Fed Grid Master Standards
|Head Lot Size||Choice & Prime Grade||Yield Grade||Grid Score|
|Minimum 30 Head||Minimum 90%||Maximum 10% YG 4s||Minimum 100|
Learn More About Grid Master Standards
What is head lot size?
Commercial cattle are sold in lots, or groups. GridMaster recipients must sell their cattle in groups of at least 30 cattle to qualify for the award.
What are Choice & Prime Grades?
The USDA has developed a grade system for beef that lets consumers know how tender, juicy, and flavorful each cut of beef will be. Every cut of beef has a USDA Grand Shield sticker located on each package. Prime quality beef is the premier cuts with abundant marbling. Choice beef is high quality, but it has less marbling than Prime.
What is YG 4s?
Yield Grade, or YG, is another standard developed by the USDA. Yield grades note the amount of usable lean meat on the carcass and is found by dividing the carcass weight by the animal’s live weight. Yield Grades range from 1 to 5 with lower yield grades producing more lean, retail cuts of beef.
What is a Grid Score?
The Grid Score shows the difference between the number of premium beef – Yield Grade 1s and 2s – and the number of Choice grade cattle receiving yield grade 4s.