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Grading and Certification
 
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.




Commodity
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
Chicken, Turkey, and Goose
A, no grade
Not applicable
Rabbit
A, no grade
Not applicable
Shell Eggs
AA, A,
Not applicable


Meat Grading Beef, Lamb, Yearling Mutton, Mutton, Veal and Calves, Barrows and Gilts, and Sows are all eligible for grading and certification services provided by the QAD Grading Branch. QAD also offers carcass certification services that help ensure specific carcass requirements are met, such as adherence to a limited quality range or breed.


Poultry Grading - Chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas, and pigeons are all eligible for grading and certification services provided by the QAD Grading Branch. These services are provided in accordance with Federal poultry grading regulations.


Shell Egg Grading - Shell eggs are produced on farms with a few thousand laying chickens or in large laying complexes with over a million layers. All shell eggs are eligible for the grading and certification services provided by the QAD Grading Branch.



 
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  Last Modified Date: 01/13/2015