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Grading Certification and Verification
QAD Grading and Certification  
The Grading branch uses university-researched, USDA-developed, and industry recognized standards. Grading determines the quality and yield of carcasses. Quality grades vary depending on the species.


Quality Grades
Yield Grades
Prime, Choice, Select, Standard, Commercial, Utility, Cutter, and Canner
Lamb and Yearling Mutton
Prime, Choice, Good, Utility, and Cull
Choice, Good, Utility, and Cull
Veal and Calf
Prime, Choice, Good, Standard, and Utility
Not applicable
Barrows and Gilts
U.S. No. 1, 2, 3, 4, and Utility
Not applicable
U.S. No. 1, 2, 3, Medium, and Cull
Not applicable

Carcass Grade Data facilities the flow of carcass data -- quality and yield grade factors -- to producers and feeders. Carcass Grade Data provides data on carcass value -- determining characteristics to producers who were at some point financially interested in the live animal. The information provides producers and feeders a valuable management tool to use in their selection and feeding programs.


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  Last Modified Date: 04/03/2014