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Have we gone overboard in the bid to get more marbling?

More beef is grading AAA or Prime, but lean meat has fallen dramatically – and that's not right, says expert

If you glance at the numbers, it seems like the cattle industry is getting more beef — and more AAA or Prime beef — from fewer animals than ever before. But dig a little deeper, and the numbers tell a different story. According to longtime beef industry analyst Charlie Gracey, the trend of feeding cattle […] Read more

A pricing system encourages both quality and yield

Here’s Charlie Gracey’s formula for a pricing system that he says would send out the right market signal

How would a pricing system that compensates producers fairly for both quality and yield work? Here’s Charlie Gracey’s formula, which is based on a carcass yield of 73 per cent and, in this example, a price of $2 per pound on the rail. “Discounts for carcass weights that were over or under the desired range […] Read more


Heather Bruce

Digital meat-grading scanner making its way to the processing floor

The device developed at U of A uses near infrared 
and visible light to detect fat and meat colour

Grading is an important step for processors, and the industry has traditionally used human graders to measure qualities such as marbling, as well as fat colour and texture. But processors are now moving towards electronic grading tools and technology. Technologies such as the Computer Vision System’s BeefCam module have achieved up to 64 per cent […] Read more