Measuring changes in the quality of Canadian beef

Steaks in a grocery aisle

Beef Cattle Research Council – We know that not every animal coming through the packer’s doors is ideal. Some have horns, extra mud, too much fat cover, bruises an even injection lesions which must the trimmed off. The more work needed to prepare a carcass for the cooler, the less profit it brings.

Other losses are piled up by the cattle carcasses that grade poorly, right down to dark cutters, and are heavily discounted.

Imagine if we knew just how costly each of these problems is to the industry? With that information the industry could work to reduce these losses, starting with the highest priority.  We could also check over time to see if our efforts were working.

That is what the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) is set up to do. It periodically measures the quality of Canadian beef by analyzing random carcasses in packing plant coolers for defects, and by tests the eating satisfaction of various beef cuts. The results allow us to see we need to make making improvements in carcass quality.

The Beef Cattle Research Council has put the highlights of the latest audit into a video that demonstrates the significant improvements that have been made since the previous audit and the weakness that still need some attention.


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