National Cattlemen's Beef Association. We collaborate with NCBA on a frequent basis to address high priority industry problems related to meat safety and meat quality. Recent examples include:
Cargill Meat Solutions, Tyson Fresh Meats, Swift & Company, Smithfield Foods, National Beef, Harris Ranch Beef, Sam Kane Beef Processors. We have a very good relationship with these companies and are in frequent contact with their executives to determine their high priority issues and to collaborate with them to address these issues related to meat safety and meat quality. Some examples include all of the above studies and the following:
American Sheep Industry Association and lamb processing plants. We have collaborated with ASI to determine the prevalence of pathogens on pelts and carcasses at lamb processing plants.
USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service. We have collaborated with AMS to assist in the development of standards for certification of instruments for on-line measurement of ribeye area, yield grade, and tenderness.