A NEW liveweight system of grading cull cows is to be introduced
in most English livestock markets from April 24.
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
"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
Posters and a DVD explaining the new grades have been sent to
all participating markets. Copies of the poster can be downloaded
* Grading Cull Cows
- Grade 1: Produces a very good commercial
carcase. Well fleshed throughout; fat cover even, not patchy
- 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
Too many cull cow casualties wasted
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