Age & Source Verification
Certain lucrative export markets require that U.S. cattle be age verified by an approved third-party as a condition of beef trade. These are premium markets, thus creating competative bidding for Age and Source Verified (ASV) cattle. This process must begin at the farm or ranch of origin and extends throug packing plants. ABS is USDA-approved to provide age and source verification services for cow-calf producers, growyards and feedyards.
Approved Supply Chain list for Feedlots - (Updated 1/2/2013) PDF file containing the ABS Global Approved Feed yard Suppliers
Beef Supply Chain - how to get connected to the Beef Supply Chain and Testimonials
ABS is proud to represent top-notch feeder cattle to a network of over 120 feedyards. This is done through private listings of cattle for sale, which ABS promotes to feedyards, or through a more formal process of marketing cattle on Big Blue Sale Barn. Big Blue Sale Barn is an internet video auction held every other week, which specializes in Age and Source Verified cattle suitable for branded beef and export programs. ABS Marketing specialist are available to video your cattle, consign them to Big Blue and manage the weigh-up and shipping process.
Replacement Heifer Services
Heifer Marketing. ABS is proud to assist customers in marketing high quality, ABS-bred commercial replacement females. Private treaty sales and special ABS heifer sales conducted through Big Blue Sale Barn or in cooperation with progressive auction markets are the avenues available to ABS customers to expose high quality bred heifers and heifer calves to discriminating buyers.
Custom-Made Replacements. Through it's vast network of customers and Representatives, ABS is able to fill orders for custom-made heifer calves or bred heifers. This service is well suited to producers who utilize terminal crossbreeding systems and need a consistent year after year supply of replacement females or producers who simply prefer to purchase replacements rather than raise them. ABS works individually with clients to find suitable suppliers and to design the geneitc "recipe" around the needs of the buyer.