What does a "Stocker/Backgrounder" supplier type mean?

A "Stocker/Backgrounder" supplier type indicates a ranch and/or grower that has been trained onsite and approved to feed and market cattle to feedyards and/or packers under the claims listed on their approval profile. This type of supplier will also likely have the ability to purchase and/or receive cattle from outside sources.

"Stocker/Backgrounder" locations are eligible to become approved for the following claims: Source and Age, Non-hormone Treated, Verified Natural Beef, Verified Green, Grass-Fed, and Humane Handling.

All locations must be approved prior to receiving and shipping verified cattle.

What type of documentation should I see from this type of supplier?

All approved "Stocker/Backgrounder" locations are required to send a Ship Card with each load indicating the claim(s) the approved cattle represent. Cattle with Program Compliant Tags must also be accompanied with a Tag Manifest indicating the individual Program Compliant Tag numbers of the approved group.

If cattle have arrived without the appropriate documents, please contact the approved supplier to obtain them. If you are having difficulty obtaining these documents from the approved supplier, please contact IMI Global at (866) 395-5883.