• Heavily muscled carcasses have a place in today’s beef market. By Paige Nelson Once at the packing plant, overhead costs are the same to process a 600 pound (lb.) carcass as they are for a 1,000 lb. carcass. "Packing plants don’t want to process 600-lb. carcasses," said Gretchen Mafi, professor of meat science and Boulware Endowed Chair of Animal Science for Oklahoma State University, at the American-International Charolais Association October 2017 Listening and Learning Industry Session. Luckily, for users of Charolais genetics, 600 lb. carcasses are rarely an issue. "Charolais' greatest strength is red meat yield and cutability. The ability that [the breed] has to produce calves that grow well and have a high propensity for muscling, produces meat that

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  • Profitable Calves Market reports and direct order buyers provide evidence that Charolais-sire calves consistently top the market. With more pounds and a higher price paid per hundredweight, Charolais-sired calves target more profit to the cow-calf producer. Charolais-sired calves produce optimum-sized carcasses wtih a higher percentage of quality retail product and consistently grade USDA Choice with Yield Grades 1s or 2s. From a cow-calf standpoint, ranchers have found that Charolais bulls sire calves that grow fast, wean heavy off the cow, and gain efficiently. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Charolais bulls sire identifiable off-white, yellow or smoky calves. These heavier calves are easier for buyers to pick out of the crowd, especially in a predominately black market Performance Plus Registry Comprehensive

    Sep 10,