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Slaughter volumes down as Canadian herd numbers dwindle

Modernizing of regulations governing grade standards will take at least two years

Reading Time: 2 minutes As predicted, fed slaughter graded volume decreased in 2013. But what is interesting is the non-fed graded volume increased (non-fed being mostly cows) to compensate for the fed slaughter decrease. This increase of non-fed slaughter does not bode well for the future as it means there are going to be fewer breeding cows in the […] Read more

Beef grading agency dealing with several key issues

Declining slaughter numbers, regulatory bottlenecks, and using X-ray technology to 
assess carcasses are among issues faced by the Canadian Beef Grading Agency

Reading Time: 3 minutes Adecline in the number of slaughter animals leads to a decline in the number of graded animals, which typically results in plant closures and belt tightening. Such was the situation for the beef industry and grading in Canada in 2012. This scenario has been a bit unnerving for the self-employed graders contracted by the Canadian […] Read more

New Grading Technology Is In Place But Not In Use

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Digital cameras get CFIA approval for beef grading” was the announcement in mid-October 2010. So where are we today? Despite the fact that the three largest slaughter facilities in Canada have the technology installed, they have yet to request to use it to facilitate grade assessment. No doubt it is coming, but which packer will […] Read more