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Exploring The Existence Of Grader Bias In Beef Grading

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  • JANG, JU WON
  • ISHDORJ, ARIUN
  • ANDERSON, DAVID P.
  • PUREVJAV, TSENGEG
  • DAHLKE, GARLAND

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) beef grading system plays an important role in marketing and promoting beef. USDA graders inspect beef carcasses and determine a quality grade within a few seconds. Although the graders are well trained, the nature of this grading process may lead to grading errors. Significant differences in the USDA graders’ “called†and “camera-graded†quality grades were observed, as well as variations in quality grades across seasons and years. Under grid pricing, producers gained financially from grades called by USDA graders rather than grades measured by cameras.

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  • Jang, Ju Won & Ishdorj, Ariun & Anderson, David P. & Purevjav, Tsengeg & Dahlke, Garland, 2017. "Exploring The Existence Of Grader Bias In Beef Grading," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 49(3), pages 467-489, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:49:y:2017:i:03:p:467-489_00
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    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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