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.
characteristics and retail yield of progeny.
While steers and heifers showed a small improvement in the number attaining target specification, the number of young bull carcases
classified 'R4L or better' increased from 53% to 57%.
To be competitive with our European counterparts, UK processors are looking to measure accurately overall carcase
lean meat yields.
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The Hereford Cattle Society's superior carcase
sire scheme is designed specifically to assist commercial producers selecting sires able to transmit improved carcase
traits to their progeny and will offer up to pounds 500 to purchasers of eligible bulls.
The current pressure on carcase
standards and on supplier-customer relations gives added topicality to a livestock quality initiative launched by the biggest slaughtering group, Anglo Beef Processors.
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.
I believe a differential of around pounds 5 per head is about the going rate associated with split and un-split carcases
coupled with extra processing costs and the reduced marketability of the lambs.
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.
Similar to 2003, this compares with 43% of carcases
meeting the specification in 2004.
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.
The quality of beef carcases
marketed over the past year has steadily improved.