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The Carcass Difference

    We started selecting for carcass merit in 1986, after a visit to the National Beef Packing Plant in Liberal, with the then executive director of CAB, and saw the tremendous variation in carcass quality. It costs no more to breed for a great carcass that it does to breed for an inferior one.  In 1989, John Brethour, a meat animal research scientist at KSU Beef Research Center in Hays, picked our herd to help calibrate and develop his ultrasound technology. This gave us a bit of a leg up on selecting for carcass merit, by giving us ultrasound data before it was commercially available. Since then we have become one of the leading marbling programs in the country, having 10 current sires in the top 100 non carrier bulls of the breed, plus 27 direct descendants of Green Garden bulls. Add to that 12 of the top 100 non carrier Dams of the breed and 50 other dams that trace their parentage back to Green Garden genetics.

    Below is some carcass data out of our genetics. This is where many people can make the most out of their animals, if you retain ownership. We only send a small percentage of our calf crop to the packing plant, these are mostly the animals who are not suitable to keep for breeding purposes. We try to provide our customers with the highest quality breeding stock for their operations, whether that is calving ease for heifers, longevity for their cows or a high marbling lean carcass.

2016 Carcass Data

Broken M Ranch
Pete Mitts
Savannah, MO
Broken M has been a customer since 1998, He and his neighbors have used a very focused breeding strategy to improve the carcass traits of their herds. They have had great success on the grid with their breeding program.

Broken M Ranch Fall Group
Quality Grade # Head % Grade
Prime 58 43%
Chioce/+ 72 53%
Choice - 5 4%
Select 0 0
Standard 0 0
Total 135
CAB+ 130 96%

Broken M Ranch Spring Group
Quality Grade # Head % Grade
Prime 10 29%
Chioce/+ 23 68%
Choice - 1 3%
Select 0 0
Standard 0 0
Total 34
CAB+ 33 97%


Green Garden Angus
Ellsworth, KS
This was a set of late cut steers
Green Garden Angus
Quality Grade # Head % Grade
Prime 9 35%
Chioce/+ 11 42%
Choice - 5 19%
Select 1 3%
Standard 0 0
Total 26
CAB+ 20 77%



2015 Carcass Data

Plum Creek Ranch
Neosho Rapids, KS
Plum Creek has been a customer at Green Garden since 2006. Kevin and his family have a focused program.
Plum Creek Ranch
Quality Grade # Head % Grade
Prime 14 26%
Chioce/+ 34 64%
Choice - 5 10%
Select 0 0
Standard 0 0
Total 53
CAB+ 48 90%

Broken M Ranch
Pete Mitts
Savannah, MO
Broken M has been a customer since 1998, He and his neighbors have used a very focused breeding strategy to improve the carcass traits of their herds. They have had great success on the grid with their breeding program.
Broken M Ranch
Quality Grade # Head % Grade
Prime 64 41%
Chioce/+ 78 51%
Choice - 11 7%
Select 1 1%
Standard 0 0
Total 154
CAB+ 142 92%

Green Garden Angus
Ellsworth, KS
This was a set of late cut steers and open heifers
Green Garden Angus
Quality Grade # Head % Grade
Prime 7 25%
Chioce/+ 17 61%
Choice - 1 4%
Select 3 10%
Standard 0 0
Total 28
CAB+ 24 86%