VDACS News Releases
June 19, 2019
Producing and Purchasing Virginia Grown USDA Certified Beef Just Got a Little Easier
VDACS obtains new certification to perform USDA beef grading services
Contact: Michael Wallace, VDACS, 804.786.1904
Producing and purchasing Virginia grown USDA certified beef is now a little easier for producers, processors and consumers. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Livestock Services program staff have completed requirements to perform USDA quality grading for the inspection and ranking of Virginia grown beef.
USDA quality grade shields are highly regarded as symbols of high-quality beef. Consumers often use USDA quality grades to make beef purchasing decisions. Quality grades are also widely used by producers and processors within the beef industry to conduct business transactions. The assigning of a USDA grade potentially adds value to the beef cuts and provides the processor the opportunity to receive a premium price for the identified items.
USDA quality grade shields consists of:
The USDA grader certification allows VDACS staff to grade for quality and yield of Virginia grown beef. Quality grades evaluate the tenderness, juiciness and flavor, while yield grade measure the amount of usable lean meat on the carcass. Grading for quality is voluntary and must be requested and paid for by meat producers and processors who seek a higher product grading designation.
Producers and processors interested in obtaining this service should contact Mike Carpenter, VDACS Livestock Services Manager, at 540.209.9143.
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