Twenty percent of all beef comes from dairy cattle, including cull cows and dairy steers.

A new dairy beef quality manual released by the California Beef Council highlights key issues that producers should pay attention to when marketing cull cows to optimize the value of those animals to both their operation, as well as to the beef industry as a whole.

“For dairy producers, milk is their primary product, however it’s also important for them to remember that they are members of the beef chain,” says Bill Dale, executive director of the California Beef Council.

Copies of the California Dairy Beef Quality Assurance manual will be distributed to approximately 1,700 California dairy producers in October. Recipients will also receive a copy of the executive summary of the 2007 National Market Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audit.   

For more information about the California Dairy Beef Quality Assurance manual, contact the California Beef Council at askus@calbeef.orgor (916) 925-2333.

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Source: California Beef Council