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cattle, qsa programs, pvp processes, south dakota

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ExEx 11023


Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences


The opening of the export market to Japan for cattle less than 20 months of age is a potential opportunity for South Dakota cattle raisers to add value to their calf crop. In order to qualify for this market, calves need to be age verified through programs already in place through the USDA. In most cases, when cattle are age verified through birth dates, they are also verified to a particular source (or farm), thus the term “age and source verified.” Cattle that have been age and source verified may bring a premium in certain markets, but premiums are subject to many variables and are not always guaranteed. Depending on the market and buyer, though, age and source verification may represent a tangible way to add value to a calf crop.