Beef Northwest is always looking to be the top of the industry — whether it's animal health, cattle handling or beef quality.
Beef quality is something Curtis Sauret takes personally.
He's the longtime mill manager at Beef Northwest's Nyssa feedyard, and he's keenly aware that the quality of beef – and the health and well-being of the cattle — is directly impacted by the quality and consistency of the feed rations he puts together each day.
"Our commitment goes from everything from beef quality assurance to Progressive Beef and all the different programs that we're involved in. These things show the public that we do business with their safety in mind, that we want to produce the highest-quality beef possible," he says.
You can't manage what you don't measure.
That old saying pretty much sums up our HACCP program – also known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points.
The program allows us to continuously measure and monitor our management practices from start to finish, and ensure we're producing the healthiest, most productive cattle and the highest-quality beef possible.
At the foundation of HACCP is the use of sound, scientific practices and cutting-edge technology to plan, control and document the production of food.
Beef Northwest's commitment to food safety and animal care and handling has resulted in our enrollment in the Progressive Beef Food Safety Program, which is administered by a third party, the Beef Marketing Group (BMG). BMG developed Progressive Beef with the assistance of an advisory board from Kansas State University.
Designed by BMG, Beef Northwest's pre-harvest HACCP program focuses on all phases of our feeding operations, including everything from evaluation and documentation of feed ingredients, animal health protocols, animal handling practices, livestock transport and marketing.
In addition, we maintain records on every aspect of daily activities at our feedlots, such as: receiving and processing cattle; receiving and storage of feedstuffs; feeding; treatment of sick cattle; pest control; manure management; facility cleanliness; and shipping cattle.
Our HACCP program also includes standard operating procedures (SOPs) that our team follows each day to address food safety issues.
Additionally, we maintain daily log books to record the SOPs. BNW's Progressive Beef program also includes a Cattle Care Guide that our team uses to improve animal handling and welfare.
Beef Northwest feedyards are also Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified and ensure that bio-security measures are implemented and adhered to as part of an overall integrated program.
BQA is a voluntary quality assurance program implemented to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producers' attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness and quality of beef and beef products.