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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta New beef grading system soon -Tutiday, Auguil 22, 1972 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD 13 A new beef grading system TV-ill come into effect, on 5. It is the most precise and modern Iwef grading system in the world. it pin- points quality and quantity of lean meat in a carcass so well, it should help the Canadian beef industry to win larger ex- port markets "and to serve (ho domestic market belter. The new system is based on B c i e n tific research conduct- ed by Uie Canada department of agriculture research branch. The beef industry, including producers, packers aixl con- sumers, studied the results of that research and developed a comprehensive proposal a Complete revamping of I ho beef grading .system. Following detailed negotia- tions, the will implement the broad outlines contained in the industry's proposal. The new grading system will help producers to more accu- rately identify (he precise type of carcasses that are most in demand and which command premium prices on the mar- ket. The industry, including pack- ers, wholesalers and retailers, will a hie to serve their cus- tomers better Ihe new grades arc much more precise nnd will enable them to more meet their custom- ers' preferences. There are two main reasons for the increased accuracy of the new grading system. One is the introduction of mea- surements to determine the lean meat yield of the entire carcass. The is a better assessment of quality, includ- ing the color and texture of the lenn meat in Ihe rib eye. The research Indicated that there is a link between Ihe cover at tlio nth rib of th-j loin nnd the percentage of lean meat yield in Ihe E.irJire car- cass. Trie thinner the Inycr of ffit, the higher the percentage of ban meal the curcass will yield. finch of the fop Isvo grades Canada A and Canada IJ. (in- stead of Canada Choice and Canada Good under the old system) have Ijcciv divided inlo four categories based on fat cover. This will help the beef industry lo identify the preferred type of beef untl to reflect Ihcir choices through price levels hack [o producers. The measurement is laken after the carcass is knife riliboci (cut open) IKJ- Iwccn the 1 Itli and I2lh rib. are taken to one tenth of an inch. Because the rib eye has been opened by knife-ribbing, the federal govern mont graders Mill be nlile lo lake a close Triok at the lean mcnl lo assess its color ant] This will improve the accuracy of qual- ity grading. The C grade is for inlerme- dinlc age carcasses, and the 1) grade is for cows. Cnnada I) 1 j.s .'or select cows with good to rxcrdont The rest of Ihe Cnnada 1) grnde is divided into three numerical catego- ries according to muscling nnd quality. The Canada K grade 3s for mature bulls stags and for carcasses (hat have pro- nounced masculinity and lenn meat that is dark, coarse and sticky. licef producers who sell on a rail grade basis, or who mnke to find out how (heir rattle grade, will be nhlc to use the information lo adapt Uicir management nnd breed- ing practices to take ndvant- ntfc of better prices for the type of carcass most In de- mand. Farmers who do not normal- ly have to information about the grade of their ani- mals Can take advantage of the new Beef Carcass Apprais- al Service offered by (he live- stock division of the CDA. Through this system, pro- ducers can buy car tags and, after their animals have been slanghtcrerI, receive ui- formalion about the carcass, The information includes date and place of slaughter, warm carcass weight, rib eye area, fat measurement, the of- ficial grade and marbling score. The lags arc available through district offices of the livestock division or head of- fice at Ottawa. The tags are sold in minimum I0-tag lots for a lag. Applicators arc avail- able for each. It will probably take several monl Its for ret ai Icrs, wh ole- Ealers and packers lo deter- mine what grade customers prefer, and to reflect these preferences in their price dif- ferentials for the various grades. This will be particular- ly true for the different fat levels within the top grades. Prod ucers who fol low their grades will be able to tailor their feeding and management programs to eliminate over- finishing. Try and Beat Me for Your One Best Deal JEOFF NORGARD 1972 SATELLITE SEBR1NG PLUS VG, auto., P.S., Red, white, 1op, white interiors, bucket seals, console. Reg, FOR YOU SAVE OVER SUPERIOR MOTORS (Taber) LTD. Taber, Alta. Phone 223-3537 Don't Miss Out On The YEAR-END SAVINGS OK THESE 1972 UNITS IN STOCK T9' PROWLER 20' PROWLER 22' PROWLER 24' PROWLER 17' TERRY JO1 TERRY 23' TERRY SAVE ON THESE USED UNITS 1971 VANGUARD 1969 TRAVELAIRE CAMPER With Dyna lift loading Jevice. tmmoculole. 1700 frlo., hcoler and toilet. YEAR END SAVINGS 1967 HOLIDAY Frig-4 heolcr, ileeps 6, YEAR END [SAVINGS 51595 1-15' TRAILER YEAR END SAVINGS RADO I TRAItER SALES Bank Financing [AC. Financing d We even fake cosh. "We need good used trailers." Your Trailer is worth more if you trade now. 2910 1st Ave. S. EosJ of Govt. Elevators Phone 327-1233 MIRK KLOVANSKY LCN UUY ;