Meat Grading Interest Survey for Livestock Producers

Survey must be submitted by February 1, 2019

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) and Indiana Beef Cattle Association are conducting a survey of livestock producers to determine feasibility of offering USDA-grading of meat.

Carcasses that can be USDA-graded include: cattle, sheep, swine and poultry.

Meat grading, which is regulated by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS), is not currently offered by BOAH. While inspection for wholesomeness is mandatory, grading is voluntary.

To provide grading services, BOAH staff members must complete additional, extensive training. This survey is intended to help BOAH Meat & Poultry Division leadership assess the demand for the service in the state of Indiana, and determine if a grading program could be sustained.

NOTE: The cost of a grading service will be charged to the plant and likely passed along to the producer

Contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health with questions at: 317-544-2400 or animalhealth@boah.in.gov
Fax: 317-974-2011; Survey is online at: www.indianabeef.org/indiana-beef-cattle-association