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Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:22 AM CST

The historic Matador Cattle Company is no "Johnny come lately" to the Beef Quality Assurance program. Truth be told, the company's three ranches began implementing quality-assurance principles more than two decades ago.

"When we got into the cattle-feeding business in the late 1980s, we developed relationships with a number of packers and started to look at their quality-assurance programs," said J.D. (John) Russell, assistant manager of the Matador Ranch, which sprawls across several counties east of Lubbock, Texas. "That led us to pay more attention to injection and branding sites, and proper handling ...

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