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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.

 

 
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.

 
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.

 
The Diced Chicken QC Program – PDF is a written quality control program that documents the production procedures for bone removal and quality assurance protocol, the corrective and preventative actions, and product control procedures. Each year, the contractor/producer shall submit the written quality control program to AMS’ Contracting Officer for review and approval.

 
Carcass Grade Data facilitates 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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Resources
 
  USDA Poultry Grading Manual - PDF  
 
  List of Poultry and Egg Plants  
 
  Poultry Grading State Offices  
 
  Grade Shields and Marbling Pictures  
 
Additional Information
 
  QAD Contacts - PDF file  
 
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  Last Modified Date: 09/11/2014