How to assess fatness and carcase weight in live cattle
Fatness can be estimated quite accurately in live cattle. To see how, go to Visual and manual assessment of fatness in cattle.
For a good guide on how to assess all the basic specifications including age/dentition, fat depth, frame size, maturity pattern and muscling see Live beef cattle assessment.
Although muscling is not usually part of specifications, it is important for producers because well muscled cattle yield more beef and can satisfy a wider range of markets. Learn more in Muscle scoring beef cattle, Shape assessment and muscle score in beef cattle.