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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.

 

 
Species
Quality Grades
Yield Grades
Beef
Prime, Choice, Select, Standard, Commercial, Utility, Cutter, and Canner
1-5
Lamb and Yearling Mutton
Prime, Choice, Good, Utility, and Cull
1-5
Mutton
Choice, Good, Utility, and Cull
1-5
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
Sows
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