Strict enforcement of "Zero Tolerance" regulations in the beef industry is a concern to producers and beef packers. Data on over 1,500 steers, fed and slaughtered over a four period, as part of the South Dakota Retained Ownership Demonstration Project were used to estimate the cost to producers of zero tolerance enforcement. Regression analysis was used to estimate hot carcass weight and dressing percent using the first three years data (time period prior to zero tolerance enforcement). Hot carcass weight and dressing percent were then predicted for year four. On average 13.8 Ib of additional hot carcass weight was predicted compared to actual hot carcass weight. If this is due to the additional trimming associated with the enforcement of zero tolerance, then the loss to producers would have averaged $1 5.73 per head in 1994.
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Feuz, D. M. and Wagner, J. J., "Strict Enforcement of Zero Tolerance: Effect on Carcass Weight and Dressing Percent" (1995). South Dakota Beef Report, 1995. 23.