Profitability drives the decisions commercial beef producers make and cattlemen who use Red Angus genetics know that enrolling in the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) helps them garner a market premium on their cattle through age, source and genetic verification.

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) reported record-setting sales exceeding 20,000 FCCP tags per month during February and March as producers across the nation prepared for the spring calving season. The FCCP program continues to grow and this is the second consecutive year producers have tagged more than 100,000 Red Angus calves.

Enrollment in the FCCP program entitles producers to tag their Red Angus-influenced calves with the yellow tag, satisfying USDA age, source and genetic verification requirements for all four major packing plants – Cargill, Tyson, JBS and U.S. Premium Beef.

According to RAAA Commercial Marketing Director Clint Berry, “Red Angus bull customers are reaping premiums of $2 to $3 per hundred weight on FCCP feeder calves when they sell through livestock markets or on video auctions featuring value-added cattle.” He continued that feeders are receiving $25 to $50-per-head premiums on FCCP fed cattle.

“That's a good return on a 99-cent Red Angus tag,” said Berry. “These kind of premiums encourage feed yards to be more aggressive in procuring cattle carrying the FCCP yellow tag.”

Myron Edelman, RAAA director of added-value programs, said, “FCCP-enrolled ranches not only build a reputation for marketing high-quality feeder and fed cattle, but develop a value-added market for their heifer calves as replacement females.”

“It's not too late for producers to enroll this year's calf crop in the FCCP program,” said Mikalena Randazzo, RAAA commercial marketing specialist. There is no enrollment fee for the program other than the cost of the tags and enrolled producers receive free RAAA marketing services through the FeederFax and ProCow programs.

The tag is available as a combination visual and RFID tag for $3 per tag or visual-only tag for 99 cents per tag. Calves must have at least one registered Red Angus parent and ranchers need to answer a few calving and breeding management questions. Calves must be tagged before they leave the ranch.

Producers can call the RAAA office at (940) 387-3502 to enroll in the FCCP program, making them eligible to purchase the Red Angus yellow tags. The enrollment process takes less than 15 minutes. For additional information on Red Angus marketing programs, visit


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