KBMN says its program is thus helping producers realize up to an additional $315 per head, based on a 1,200-pound finished animal grading "choice.
KBMN uses a production database to monitor the growth of each group and to predict harvesting schedules.
USDA Rural Development has provided key assistance to KBMN, including the following financial assistance:
A $300,000 VAPG was awarded in May 2013 for working capital to develop and implement the KBMN supply chain infrastructure and to coordinate marketing activities.
To accommodate the projected volume of calves needed, KBMN is working to strengthen the state's stocker/backgrounder sector.