Type: Chapter

Beef carcass grading and classification

Author Michael E. Dikeman

Kansas State University

Publication date:

30 September 2016

ID: 9781838790400

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This chapter reviews the three main beef carcass grading or classification systems used across three continents. These are used for a large proportion of beef production and processing in the world. One is the ‘EUROP’ system for EU countries, another is the USDA Beef Carcass Grading system in the United States and the third is the Meat Standards Australia system in Australia. The chapter also discusses grading in Japan.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 The purposes of classifi cation and grading
3 Beef classifi cation versus grading in Australia
4 Beef carcass classifi cation in Europe
5 Beef grading in the United States
6 Beef grading in Japan
7 Summary
8 Where to look for further information
9 References