USDA-led cattle-related webinars coming up

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a series of four webinars with guest speakers from three regional USDA Cattle and Carcass Training Centers, the CME Group, and USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

These free webinars begin Nov. 17 and are targeted to cattle producers, feeders, and others in the U.S. fed beef supply chain who want to better understand the reporting, delivery, and grading of feeder cattle, live cattle, and carcasses, particularly relating to CME live cattle futures.

Over the course of four evening sessions, experts from USDA, academia, and the CME Group will share their knowledge and offer information that covers a wide range of topics including CME live cattle specifications; the biological and physiological factors influencing cattle quality; the fundamentals of “on the hoof” yield and quality grading; the U.S. beef carcass standards and USDA carcass grading process; and more.

“This outreach is part of our continuing effort to work with cattle producers and others to ensure fair and competitive markets for the livestock, meat and poultry industries,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach. “Participants in this engaging webinar series will gain an understanding of — and greater appreciation for — the interconnected processes that support the production and marketing of high-quality U.S. beef all over the world.”

More information about how to pre-register, and the dates, times and topics of each webinar in the series can be found at