Too heavy

Compared to the target specifications, carcases in this box on the grid are too heavy but the fat depth is within specifications.

This means retail and primal cuts will be bigger than the processor wants for this market, but otherwise the carcases were suitable.

  • The cattle may have hit the target if they were sold earlier, as long as they were fat enough
  • If they would have been too lean earlier when their weight was right, see the comments for "Weight OK but Too Lean".
  • For a feedlot or finishing program, the cattle may have been heavier than they should have been at the start.


Doing it better next time:

Improving cattle that are too heavy 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