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    Making The Grade With Cull Cows
25/04/06

A NEW liveweight system of grading cull cows is to be introduced in most English livestock markets from April 24.

photo courtesy of www.jennifermackenzie.co.uk

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The new system, which has been developed on behalf of the UK industry by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX), means markets will grade older beef and dairy animals into four quality groups according to carcase conformation and fat cover.

Prices for the four quality grades from participating markets will be available online at www.eblex.org.uk .

"Rather than one average price for all older cattle, this new system will give the industry and producers a clearer indication of prices for various quality grades. We have worked closely with the Livestock Auctioneers' Association to ensure the system is easy to operate and understand," said John Cross, EBLEX Chairman.

"Providing quality prices in this way helps farmers with finishing decisions, and also encourages a consistent quality beef product. It also helps overseas buyers make informed purchasing decisions."

Posters and a DVD explaining the new grades have been sent to all participating markets. Copies of the poster can be downloaded from www.eblex.org.uk.

* Grading Cull Cows

  • Grade 1: Produces a very good commercial carcase. Well fleshed throughout; fat cover even, not patchy or excessive.

  • Grade 2: Average to good quality carcase, not as good as grade 1. May benefit from further finishing.

  • Grade 3: Poor carcase, plainer type. Lacking flesh. Manufacturing grade / Steaker. May benefit from further finishing.

  • Grade 4: Extremely poor carcase, lacking flesh, notably under finished or over fat, out of weight specification, or having abnormalities. (Rejects)

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