Iowa-80 Beef Certification
The Iowa-80 Beef program is a pilot project that allows Iowa farmers and ranchers to produce top-quality, corn-fed beef that is age- and source-verified and linked to the state of Iowa through a certification brand.
Certification of animals and beef products through the Iowa-80 Beef program allows U.S. and international consumers to identify and purchase high-quality beef that has been produced and processed in the state of Iowa according to carefully controlled specifications and quality standards.
All Iowa-80 Beef is produced according to the following minimum certification requirements.
- Each animal is verified to be sired by a 100 percent Angus bull.
- Each animal is source verified to the farm of birth using an identification system with a unique number that identifies the animal throughout the production process.
- Each animal is fed in an Iowa feedlot for a minimum of 180 days.
- Each animal is fed a high-concentrate ration that totals at least 75 percent corn or corn co-products over the feeding period.
- Each animal is age verified and processed at 18 months of age or less.
- All animals and beef products are segregated, processed, and labeled at the beef processing plant.
- All beef carcasses meet the quality standards for USDA grades upper one-third Choice or Prime.
The Iowa-80 Beef program ensures these specifications are met with an audited program that requires full and transparent documentation that all the specifications are rigorously followed. Beef consumers want to replicate a pleasurable eating experience, and providing a brand for Iowa-80 Beef will allow consumers to choose consistently well-marbled, flavorful beef that has been corn-fed in the state of Iowa.