Tagging Programs

Priced at only $0.99, with No Enrollment Fees for FCCP, AA or PRB!

The Red Angus FCCP & Allied Access programs are the industry's best value in Age and Source Verification.

From 2013-2018, producers who used the FCCP tag reaped an average premium of $2.98 per hundredweight (cwt) in comparison to producers selling Red Angus sired calves without the yellow tag.  On calves averaging 600 lbs, this advantage would calculate to nearly $18 per head and $1,430 per pot load!  Given this, the choice to tag your calves through the FCCP seems obvious with a minimal initial investment of just $0.99 per tag and no enrollment fee.  (Source: Superior Livestock Auction Analysis: Kansas State University, Merck Animal Health, and Superior Livestock).

Buyers of yellow-tagged calves can capture more downstream value through two grid programs that are open exclusively to FCCP-tagged calves.  The Tyson Choice Plus Grid, or Verified Red Angus grid as Tyson cattle buyers know it, pays premiums on upper 2/3rds Choice cattle.  There are additional premiums for cattle grading Prime, and a 15% allowance for "out cattle" (heavies, Yield Grade 4 and 5, etc.), with no discounts up to that threshold.  The G.O. RED, through Greater Omaha Packing in Omaha, NE, pays premiums for Yield Grade 1 and 2 cattle.

With over 2 million head enrolled, the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) has seen many years of growth as a Genetic, Source and Age Program. The FCCP's "Yellow Tag" is recognized as the symbol of guaranteed "Angus" genetics and a trusted source for both feeders and packers filling "Angus" product lines. Enhancing the value of Red Angus genetics since 1995, the FCCP builds a reputation through source verification to the ranch of origin and, coupled with group age verification, provides access to export market premiums. For further information on how to order tags, click here.

 
To enroll Red-Angus sired calves in the program, contact program coordinator, Chessie Mitchell at chessie@redangus org or call (940) 226-4762.

Participants will conduct an over-the-phone questionnaire to determine qualifications and be given the opportunity to purchase program tags.

FCCP Enrollment Checklist ASV Tag Search
Customer Enrollment Agreement USDA Certificate of Conformance
Purchased Bred Females Form

Allied Access, started in 2012, provides Red Angus customers with another value-added solution for their crossbreeding programs. Allied Access delivers Age & Source Verification (ASV) without the Genetic restrictions of its predecessor, the FCCP. Allied Access was created with the FCCP's same user-friendly features and carries on its tradition of being the industry's most trusted program.

FCCP Enrollment Checklist ASV Tag Search
Customer Enrollment Agreement USDA Certificate of Conformance
 

Introducing the Premium Red Baldy Program

A groundbreaking, genetically verified female program for the commercial beef industry.

Benefits:

Premium Red Baldy is a tagging program designed to take advantage of hybrid vigor by maximizing the best traits of both Red Angus and Hereford and providing commercial producers with premium replacement females. The program will help producers access genetically verified females that have the best combination of longevity, fertility and adaptability to incorporate into producers’ herds. As the nation’s cow herd expands to meet beef demand, Premium Red Baldy females will rise to the challenges of producing more beef sustainably and profitably, without sacrificing quality. The Premium Red Baldy program has the ideal balance of maternal and carcass traits, which will yield cattle poised to increase the profitability of the commercial producer. Premium Red Baldy uses genetics supported by the only two beef breed associations backed by whole herd reporting.

Qualifications:

Premium Red Baldy is a heifer-only program, capitalizing on hybrid vigor. No steers will be tagged in this non-PVP tagging program. To qualify for Premium Red Baldy, females must be sired by bulls in the top 50% of the breed for Baldy Maternal Index (BMI$) or Herdbuilder Index (HB). Targeted breed percentages will range from 25%-75% for both breeds, with the balance being the alternate breed. Females must be red-bodied with either a bald or brockle face. No black-hided cattle will be admitted, regardless of genetic makeup.

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Please contact your respective breed representative for more information.

Red Angus Association of America
Chessie Mitchell, Tag Program Coordinator
(940) 387-3502, Ext. 2
chessie@redangus.org

American Hereford Association
Trey Befort, Director of Commercial Programs
(816) 842-3757
tbefort@herefordbeef.org

Introducing the American Red Program

The Red Angus Association of America and Santa Gertrudis Breeders International are collaborating to provide the beef industry with a unique blend of maternal traits, adaptability, growth and marbling – all packaged with a heat-tolerant, red hide – into a new program for the commercial beef producer called American Red.

The offspring of this crossbreeding program will be well suited for commercial producers who are seeking quality replacement females and steers that fit in the value-added segment of the beef industry.

American Red has been tested and proven at the King Ranch, in Kingsville, Texas. Numerous other breeders in the southern U.S. have also begun using this strategic cross to combat the harsh environment with marked success.

While the leadership at RAAA and SGBI are still finalizing key details, program specs for American Red will be as follows:

  • To qualify for the American Red commercial cattle program and accompanying tag, steers and heifers in the same calf crop must be sired by registered Red Angus bulls averaging in the top 50% of the breed for the HerdBuilder index (HB) or registered Santa Gertrudis bulls averaging in the top half of the breed for maternal and growth traits.
  • Breed percentages on qualified cattle will range from 25% to 75% Red Angus and 25% to 75% Santa Gertrudis, with a small allowance for other breeds. Most qualified cattle will be red. However, color is not an exclusionary requirement. Groups of cattle do not need to be fully red-hided to qualify.
  • Dams of qualifiable calves must contain at least 50% of the reciprocal breed, meaning 50% or more Santa Gertrudis when the calves are sired by Red Angus sires, or 50% or more Red Angus when calves are sired by Santa Gertrudis bulls. To verify dam-side genetics, qualifiable herds will sign a verification form stating that at least 50% of the genetic makeup of the dams of calves to be qualified is from the reciprocal breed.
  • The tag used for this program will be a unique, American Red-labeled tag issued by the Red Angus Association of America.Tagging options include dangle tags or EID/panel tag combination-nested sets. Calves must be tagged on the ranch of origin.

Enrollments in the program will begin in February 2020. The program requires a yearly $50 enrollment fee and a $1.25 fee for each tag.