Thursday, 27 February 2020
At the point of slaughter, AHDB collects information about the fat class and conformation of every animal in its deadweight sample. This information is currently published on a weekly basis at a Great Britain level. However, below the data is presented at the GB level, but aggregated for 2019, and so it is possible to see how finished carcases were distributed across the range of available classifications, over a whole year.
For example, in 2019, 27.6% of clean sheep carcases in the deadweight sample in Great Britain were classified as R3L. Carcases meeting this specification will typically be achieving a processor’s base price, or at least close to it, as each processor is responsible for its own pricing grid and they may differ. In many cases a processor’s base price will cover more than one square on the classification grid.
Meeting the required specification for the target market is one way for producers to improve their returns. The AHDB Beef & Lamb Better Returns Programme encourages English beef and sheep producers to evaluate their businesses to identify where improvements can be made in terms of cost reduction, environmental impact and animal performance. For example information is available on marketing and selection for slaughter, and is intended to help farmers identify and attain the desired carcase specifications for their target market.
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