IT is said pictures never lie but getting the whole truth out
of them can be a tricky process.
That is what a new research project is trying to get - an accurate
Sheep Video Image Analysis System (VIA) for predicting carcase
classification and meat yield. The conclusions are expected next
The project is funded by English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX),
Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Livestock
and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC), in partnership
with Welsh Country Foods, Gaerwen, Anglesey and German firm E+V
The project is being managed by MLC Technical Services Manager
Mike Owen who said: "The initial stage involves the collection
of images from a representative sample of carcases.
"Information extracted from these images will then be used
to develop prediction equations for conformation, fat class and
"Later in the project the accuracy of these prediction equations
will then be tested."
The project will also evaluate the impact of industry practices
on the accuracy of VIA technology, including different leg suspension
When the report is ready a series of demonstrations will be organised
for industry organisations and personnel.
EBLEX Industry Development Manager Chris Lloyd said: "This
technology has the capability to provide greater transparency and
consistency in the carcase grading process for the benefit of both
producers and processors.
"We are excited by the potential to evaluate the lean meat
yield which could result in better returns to the producer."
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