Too fat

Compared to the target specifications, these carcases are too fat although they have met the specifications for carcase weight.

The processor will need to trim excess fat from the cuts to meet the requirements of their customers. This is costly to do and reduces saleable meat yield.

These cattle may have met the specifications if sold earlier, when they were not as fat. In this case a lighter weight market may have suited them better.


Doing it better next time:

Improving cattle that are too fat for the market

Am I aiming at the right target market?

Help with assessing fatness and carcase weight in live cattle

Reducing variation in the sale group

Take care before making major changes!


Learn more about specifications:

Producing beef to market specifications

Market specifications and trading