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ahdb is engaged in a programme of work with the aim to "stimulate the introduction of a new method of carcase classification." to address this the ahdb pork board established a working group to explore opportunities for new carcase assessment systems.
AHDB's Stephen Howarth said: "These carcases currently attract some of the highest average prices, on a pence per kilogram basis, as many processors pay bonuses for them.
Variation in the quality of meat carcase and productive parameters of six Spanish yearling breeds.
The figures also show young bull carcases improved the most, there was an increase in fat cover in heifers, and steer carcases were the heaviest ever.
A SCHEME to improve carcase quality in the Hereford breed is being unveiled in detail to beef farmers in Northumberland later this month.
Half of the prime beef carcases classified in Great Britain met the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) target of 'R4L or better' from a sample of more than 300,000 prime cattle checked by the Meat and Livestock Commission last year.
The collection point will be situated at Ewart Newtown Farm, Wooler, from where the carcases will be removed for rendering or incineration.
This compares with 46% of carcases meeting the specification in 2006 and 41% in 2005.
The NFU is campaigning to remove the health and safety procedure of splitting sheep carcases and removing the spinal cord, saying the risk of any disease spreading from animals to humans is virtually non existent anyway.
The quality of English beef carcases showed marked across-the-board improvements over the past year, according to the latest annual carcase classification figures from the English Beef and Lamb Executive.
MLC meat scientist Kim Matthews said: "English producers are continuing to prove especially adept at marketing their animals at the correct level of fatness, less than 15% of all prime beef carcases are grading 4H or worse.
The council health inspectors found that some of the carcases had lain for so long they had fallen prey to scavengers such as foxes or other wild animals.