Journal article

Muscle score premiums and discounts in wholesale beef carcases

Garry Griffith, SW Mounter, RA Villano

Australian Agribusiness Perspectives | Melbourne School of Land and Environment | Published : 2013

Abstract

There is an increasing emphasis in Australian beef industry R&D on finding ways to improve retail beef yield. Currently, there is no way to commercially measure retail yield but there is evidence of a strong link between muscle score of the live animal and subsequent meat yield measurements. A relevant question is whether there is a credible value for muscle score in live cattle and carcase markets, and does it reflect the implied value of increased retail yield? In this paper, estimates are made of the premiums and discounts for muscle score class at the Sydney wholesale market level. The results suggest premiums of 21 to 80c/kg for improvements from muscle score C/D to B. This can be compa..

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