Eblex launches new Beef Yield Guide
Published:  25 February, 2014

A new guide to help the supply chain maximise the value of beef carcase has been launched by Eblex.

Its Beef Yield Guide is being promoted to businesses operating within the beef supply, processing or independent butchery sectors, and is designed to add value to beef carcases, as well as improve beef yield knowledge in the industry.

It has been developed following beef carcase yield testing based on a 303kg carcase, classification R4H after a period of two weeks’ maturation, and provides a detailed breakdown of beef carcase processing, from ‘farm to plate’.

The guide is split into three parts. The first looks at yield from animal to carcase, including all waste, offal and by-products. The second identifies all forequarter and hindquarter primal cuts that can be derived from the beef carcase, providing yield, weight and percentage information from the carcase. And the third section shows how each primal can be further broken down by seam cutting into individual muscles.

Dick van Leeuwen, business development manager, Eblex, said: “We’re really excited about the Beef Yield Guide because, for the first time in one brochure, it gives processors and butchers the complete guide to breaking down the beef carcase and, at the same time, provides a detailed breakdown of yields for the various primals and muscles.

“The new guide serves a dual purpose. Not only will it serve as a hugely useful educational tool for staff, particularly for new people coming into the industry, but it also helps to quickly calculate how much value we can add to the carcase if we upgrade certain muscles.”

The guide also features a beef carcase classification chart, which highlights the minimum conformation and fat class requirements for beef to comply with Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark Scheme.

For more information visit www.eblextrade.co.uk, or to order printed copies of the Beef Yield Guide call the Quality Standard Mark Scheme Hotline on 0845 491 8787.