How to Market Cattle Through USPB
Everyone who delivers cattle to U.S. Premium Beef must be a USPB associate.
Once a producer is an associate of U.S. Premium Beef, they can market their cattle
through this unique producer-owned beef company either by buying units or leasing
the right to deliver their cattle to National Beef's plants. U.S. Premium Beef unitholders
have the right and obligation to deliver one finished animal per year for each Class
A unit they own. Those associates who lease delivery rights simply lease the right
to deliver one finished animal to National Beef's plants that year. For more information how
you can buy units or lease delivery rights, see How
to Buy USPB Units or Lease USPB Delivery Rights.
U.S. Premium Beef Forms
U.S. Premium Beef has two forms it requests all associates (regardless of whether
they own or lease the right to deliver) to use to place, schedule and deliver cattle
to National Beef's plants.
Form B: U.S. Premium Beef Showlist Form:
Your feedlot staff needs to send or fax Form B-U.S. Premium Beef Showlist Form to USPB by Tuesday noon
of the week prior to delivery to the plant. The fax number is 816-713-8810. A cattle
buyer will contact your feedlot to evaluate and schedule your cattle for delivery
to the plant.
Form C: U.S. Premium Beef Payment Form:
The day cattle are shipped to the plant, your feedlot staff must send or fax Form
C-U.S. Premium Beef Payment Form to the plant your cattle are delivered to and to U.S. Premium Beef's
Kansas City office. Dodge City phone: 620-227-7135; FAX 620-338-4336; Liberal phone:
620-624-1851; FAX 620-626-0698. The fax number for USPB is 816-713-8810. This form
is used to determine who is to get paid for the cattle.
In addition, if you have not completed a
Feed Certification form
to deliver cattle to
National Beef, this year you will need to complete the BSE Feed Certification
form and fax it to USPB at 816-713-8810.
Recommended weighing conditions for smaller yards: Load on trucks, haul to nearest
certified scale (ie. grain elevator), weigh on truck with a 4% pencil shrink. Only
as a last resort will off truck weight at the plant be used as live pay weight.
Individual Carcass Data is provided for all deliveries. This includes hot carcass
weight, quality grade, yield grade and Certified Angus Beef (CAB) qualifiers. No selection
is needed in order to receive this data.
If animal specific carcass data is needed mark the appropriate place on Form B.
To receive Basic data or Premium data the cattle must have individual ID tags.
Basic - Includes hot carcass weight, quality grade, yield grade, CAB, NAB,
value per head and value per cwt. of carcass corresponding to your animal ID numbers.
Premium - Same as Basic but also includes ribeye area, marbling score, backfat,
and percent internal fat.
USPB requests producers to denote the kind of tags the cattle have for example:
Color and number or electronic identification tags.
USPB asks that producers request Basic and Premium Carcass Data only when necessary
for example: Correlating data back to dam or sire.
Cattle Buyers' Role with USPB Cattle Deliveries
After the cattle are placed on the USPB showlist a National Beef cattle buyer may inspect the
The buyer will notify the feeder of delivery date and plant location and will help
Up to a $0.60/cwt transportation credit is paid on all USPB cattle. If a producer
plans to use his own trucks, he needs to notify the cattle buyer.
Forward Contracting Cattle
USPB producers can get forward contracting bids from Stan Linville in the USPB Kansas
Bids change each Monday.
Contracts are written by the National Beef cattle buyer.
Pricing orders can be placed with Stan Linville in the USPB office, at 866-877-2525.
Choosing a Feedlot
All unitholders and associates have the option of finishing their cattle at any
feedlot they choose. USPB does have a Qualified
Custom Feedyard (QCF) list . This list is designed to assist producers who
are looking for a feedlot that has knowledge and experience in finishing cattle
for USPB's quality-based system.
U.S. Premium Beef has an electronic identification program (EID). Universal EID readers
have been installed in the Liberal and Dodge City, KS, plants. USPB unitholders and associates
are not required to use electronic ID tags to receive individual carcass data. However,
because U.S. Premium Beef provides its unitholders and associates with individual carcass
data on all of their cattle, using EID tags improves the efficiency of collecting and
transferring data to our unitholders and associates. USPB unitholders and associates can
purchase ISO-approved EID tags from any distributor and USPB will rebate $1.00 of the
purchase price of the tags on an as-used basis. To receive the rebate, unitholders and
associates must send the USPB Detailed Carcass Grade Report from cattle with EID tags
to USPB within 90 days from the cattle delivery date.
USPB pays for cattle based on individual value as determined by USPB's quality-based grids. All cattle sold on the USPB grids
are issued a cash advance on the day of delivery equal to approximately 85 percent of the
weighted average live price for the week prior to delivery. A final check, along with a
final settlement sheet and individual carcass data Grade and Detail Report is issued when
final grade and plant averages are determined, typically Monday through Wednesday of the
week after delivery. USPB pays for cattle on its grids up to the number of units a unitholder
or associate owns or has leased.