Market specifications for beef cattle

NSW DPI - Todd Andrews and Brett Littler

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Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

Easy to interpret fact sheet on breeding cattle to meet market specifications.

This DPI Factsheet was prepared by livestock specialists in 2007. It covers the following:

Market specifications for beef cattle:

A management practice to achieve a consistent supply of quality beef cattle that meet market specifications for age, weight and quality.

Why is it used?

It allows producers to

1) breed cattle specific to market specifications

2) achieve profitability within a cattle enterprise

3) better manage seasonal conditions

4) review carcase performance and make improvements.

The authors remind us the options must be carefully considered by looking at:

  • Supplying beef cuts and carcases that meet the individual market specifications of our domestic and international customers is crucial in ensuring that Australia remains competitive in the international marketplace.
  • End-users of stock, including feedlots and beef processors, pay premiums for even lines of cattle that fit specifications, and they discount those that do not.
    An ability to consistently supply suitable stock benefits both the producer and the consumer.
  • Carcase information (HScW, P8 fat, sex, dentition, bruise score) that is provided by most beef processors to producers who consign stock directly to slaughter. Beef producers who are able to relate carcase information to live animals by using NLIS identification are able to respond to this feedback and can therefore manipulate their herd genetics and management to better meet market specifications in the future.
2007 - Australia - NSW DPI - Todd Andrews and Brett Littler
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