||All producers who market their cattle through U.S. Premium Beef must first become a lifetime associate which costs $100. Lifetime Associate Application.
||Once a producer is an associate of USPB, they can market their cattle through this unique producer-owned beef company either by buying Class A units or leasing delivery rights to deliver their cattle to National Beef's plants. USPB members have the right and obligation to deliver one finished animal per year for each Class A unit they own. Those associates who lease delivery rights simply lease the right to deliver one finished animal per delivery right leased to National Beef's plants that year.
U.S. Premium Beef Forms
USPB has two forms it requests of all deliverers to use to place, schedule and deliver cattle to National Beef's Kansas plants. Please contact our office so we can assist with the forms to deliver to National Beef's Iowa Premium Beef Processing plant in Tama, IA.
Form B: U.S. Premium Beef Showlist Form:
Your feedlot needs to send or fax Form B
to USPB by Tuesday noon of the week prior to delivery to the plant. The fax number is 816-713-8810. You can also email your Form B to email@example.com
. A cattle buyer will contact your feedlot to evaluate and schedule your cattle for delivery to the plant.
Form C: U.S. Premium Beef Payment Form:
The day cattle are shipped to the plant, please send or fax Form C
to the plant your cattle are delivered to, and to USPB’s Kansas City office. Dodge City phone: 620-227-7135; FAX 620-338-4336; Liberal phone: 620-624-1851; FAX 620-626-0698. The fax number for USPB is 816-713-8810, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This form is used to determine who is to get paid for the cattle.
In addition, if you have not completed a Feed Certification Form
to deliver cattle to National Beef, this year you will need to complete the BSE Feed Certification form and fax it to USPB at 816-713-8810. In the Feed Certification Form, it is also mentioned that all delivering feedlots must be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified. More information on the BQA program is available at www.bqa.org
Recommended weighing conditions for smaller yards: Load on trucks, haul to nearest certified scale (ie. grain elevator), weigh on truck with a 4% pencil shrink. Only as a last resort will off truck weight at the plant be used as live pay weight.
Individual Carcass Data is provided for all deliveries. This includes hot carcass weight, quality grade, yield grade and branded beef qualifiers. No selection is needed in order to receive this data.
If animal specific carcass data is needed, this is designated on the Form B. To receive Premium data the cattle must have individual ID tags. Tags can be visual or electronic (EID) or both.
Premium data includes hot carcass weight, quality grade, yield grade, branded program, ribeye area, marbling score, backfat, value per head and value per cwt. of carcass corresponding to your animal ID numbers.
USPB requests producers to indicate on the Form B the kind of tags the cattle have. For example: Color and number or electronic identification tags.
USPB asks that producers request Premium Carcass Data only when necessary for genetic evaluation.
At this time, Premium Carcass Data is available only at our Kansas plants.
Cattle Buyers' Role with USPB Cattle Deliveries
After the cattle are placed on the USPB showlist a National Beef cattle buyer may inspect the cattle.
The buyer will notify the feeder of delivery date and plant location and will help coordinate trucking.
Up to a $1.00/cwt transportation credit is paid on USPB cattle shipped to our Kansas plants. If a producer plans to use his own trucks, he needs to notify the cattle buyer.
Forward Contracting Cattle
Contracts for forward contracts are written by the National Beef cattle buyer.
Choosing a Feedlot
All members and associates have the option of finishing their cattle at any feedlot they choose. USPB does have a Qualified Custom Feedyard (QCF) list
. This list is designed to assist producers who are looking for a feedlot that has knowledge and experience in finishing cattle for USPB's quality-based system.
USPB has an electronic identification program (EID). Universal EID readers have been installed in the Liberal and Dodge City, KS, plants. USPB members and associates are not required to use electronic ID tags to receive individual carcass data. However, because USPB provides its members and associates with individual carcass data on all of their cattle, using EID tags improves the efficiency of collecting and transferring data to our members and associates.
Cattle are paid for based on individual value as determined by USPB's quality-based grids
. A check, along with the final settlement sheet and individual carcass data Grade and Detail Report, will be issued once the cattle have been graded and final proceeds have been determined. For example, if cattle are harvested on Monday, the check and settlement sheet could be issued as early as Wednesday, but more likely on Thursday.