U.S. Premium Beef Named CAB Progressive Partner

October 8, 2021 Certified Angus Beef Brand

In the mid-1990s, beef demand was tanking and that scared the whole industry. Cattle feeders couldn’t get cattle sold. Each Monday they hoped the show list had enough “fancy” cattle to use as a bargaining tool to sell the remaining finished animals on inventory. Commercial producers who invested in good bulls and vaccinations found their cattle selling for the same price as those from ranchers who didn’t. That fear brought individual farmers, ranchers and cattle feeders together with a collection of ideas and U.S. Premium Beef (USPB) was born.

$ 92 Million Reasons to Aim High

Nobody can say exactly when the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand reached the tipping point. It could have been in the mid-1990s when packers started paying premiums, or in 1999 when feedyards first partnered with the brand, or the next year when annual grid premiums tripled to exceed $ 26 million.

Of Butchery and Meatcraft

At a meat purveyor’s dock in New York’s bustling Bronx, a pallet moves by forklift into a southbound refrigerated truck. Eight days and many deliveries later, in a Charleston, S.C., back alley, Dave McBeath will be there with ready arms.