Beef Verification Programs
From day one, the roots of IMI Global have always been firmly planted within the beef industry. Our expertise in cattle production and related verification and added-value programs and services is unparalleled. Whether you are simply trying to meet new identification and traceability requirements through the use of EID tags, or are seeking new premium market opportunities through the non-hormone treated cattle program, unique animal welfare and humane handling programs, organic certification, and more, our team is here to help!
Programs to Consider
Tags & Traceability
All IMI Global value-added programs require an individual, electronic identification (known as Program Compliant Tags (PCTs)), but we also believe that no matter how or where you are marketing your cattle, the basis to any added value starts with an electronic ID.
We can work with you to customize your tags to meet your exact needs - from special colors, to unique management numbers or including your ranch name or brand - we can make it happen.
The IMI Global Breed Verified program and breed verification partnerships allow producers to verify that their cattle are a certain breed.
Breed Verified can be added to the Source & Age Verification (SAV) program at no (or minimal) cost - SAV is the minimum requirement for Breed Verified.
Source & Age
Source and Age verification (SAV) requires you to keep records of your first and last calf board date, as well as apply an EID tag prior to cattle ever leaving your ranch - their source of origin.
Source only - US Verified Source verification - is available as well.
Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC)
The NHTC program allows your cattle to be eligible for buyers looking for non-hormone treated cattle, many of which are looking to export beef to the EU.
Implants or fed hormone growth promotants (HGPs) of any kind are not allowed.
Cattle must move through NHTC approved locations.
Examples include implants, Lutalyse, CIDRs, Optaflexx, MGA.
Verified Natural Beef
"Natural" is something we see in the marketplace, but it is not a set Standard across the board. The IMI Global Verified Natural Beef Standard allows buyers to be assured that cattle have never received any Beta-Agonists, Ionophores, Antibiotics or Animal By-Products.
Cattle must move through approved VNB approved locations.
Where Food Comes From CARE Certified is a suite of sustainability standards that certifies participating farmers and ranchers are implementing best practices in animal care, environmental stewardship and supporting their local communities and the people within them.
Beef, pork, poultry, dairy and fish are all available.
Low Carbon Beef selected IMI Global as a third-party verification company to verify practices for the new LCB Enrolled program.
Cattle producers who are interested in having their calves certified as LCB Enrolled are required to be CARE Certified approved.
Cattle Feeder Preferred
Health & Management Program was designed to improve the overall health and performance of calves at both the ranch and feedlot levels. The program has vaccination requirements for both the cow herd and the calves to create an optimum immune system so the calves can face the health challenges of weaning, shipping and the environment at the feedlot. In addition, the program has management requirements that further enhance the immune system of the calves.
Genetic Merit Scorecard℠
Genetic Merit Scorecard gives producers the ability to effectively communicate the genetic merit of their calves to potential buyers and differentiate their calves from others’ on sale day.
The program also serves as a platform to track genetic progress to make sure the next calf crop is better than the last.
How To Get Started
More Program Options through WFCF Divisions
High Quality Beef (HQB) Quota for NHTC feeders
Feed, birthdates, etc.
IMI Global will assign a Customer Verification Specialist to your ranch. They will go over your application and have you submit records and documentation for them to review prior to your on-site audit.
Annual audit, avg 3-5 hours
Once your CVS has reviewed your application and documentation, they will assign one of our regional auditors to visit your ranch. They will then submit their report to your CVS.
CVS has final approval
Your CVS will review the auditors report. The CVS will have final approval of your ranch.
Any questions you have may be directed to your CVS.