Farm Table says:
This article talks about assessing the fat depth on beef cattle to help producers gain a better understanding of achieving their desired carcase qualities for certain markets.
The items covered in this article are:
- Why is fat depth important?
- Measuring fat depth
- Physical assessment
- Visual assessment
Key points were as follows:
- Fat depth is an important factor of the carcase as producers can achieve premium prices for carcases that have a specific fat depth.
- Fat depth can be measured in certain areas of cattle to give producers a good indication on where their cattle are at in terms of being ready to sell.
- Fat depth should be measured visually and physically by handling the animal.
- The best site for fat depth measurement is called the P8 site; it is located between the hip and tail (rear end). For an image showing the exact P8 site, click on the following link: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/beef/handling-and-management/assessing-fat-depth
- Other areas on the animal that can be assessed for fat depth are:
- Top join of the tail bone
- Back bone above rump
- Fat scores range from 1 (0-2mm) – 6 (33mm or higher).
- Visual assessments for fat depth can be done by assessing the brisket, flank and from the rear view of the animal.