Certified Beef Programs: What's in a Name?
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certified beef program
branded beef
beef quality
carcass grading


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Scheffler, Tracy, Jason Scheffler, and Chad Carr. 2021. “Certified Beef Programs: What’s in a Name? AN372/AN372, 10/2021”. EDIS 2021 (6). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-an372-2021.


This publication discusses certified beef programs and carcass quality specifications. Written by Tracy Scheffler, Jason Scheffler, and Chad Carr, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, October 2021.

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