Too heavy and too lean

Compared to the target specifications, carcases in this box on the grid are too heavy and too lean.

This means retail and primal cuts will be bigger than the processor wants for this market, and the lack of fat indicates carcases are unfinished. They are likely to have poorer keeping quality and possibly lower eating quality.

  • The cattle may have been better carried on to a heavier weight market (if one is available)
  • They may have had the potential to hit the target, but needed to be put on good feed earlier
  • The cattle may be too late maturing for your production system to target this market


Doing it better next time:

Improving cattle that are too heavy and too lean for the market

Am I aiming at the right target?

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