Too lean

Compared to the target specifications, carcases in this box are too lean, but they are in the right weight range.

The lack of fat indicates carcases are unfinished. They are likely to have poorer keeping quality and possibly lower eating quality.

  • To hit this specification target they would have needed better quality feed for a longer time (i.e. started earlier) to ensure they put on fat at a faster rate.
  • Alternatively, they could have been suitable for a heavier weight market if you had kept them on good quality feed for longer.?
  • Or 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 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