Alison Middleton, prosecuting for the local authority, said the regulations requiring prompt removal of dead animals from farmland were aimed at preventing the spread of disease, either through watercourses or to other livestock through scavengers feeding from carcases
The slight annual decline in English carcase
quality was evident in both steers and heifers, although young bull quality improved somewhat, following its noticeable decline in 2004.
Ms Browne said: "Together with the differences in carcase
weight but excluding any underweight penalties, the poorer quality of these lighter carcases
would reduce returns by at least another pounds 100 per head.
Once the marketing distortions of BSP have been removed, the advantages of the improvement should increasingly be realised in faster steer finishing, improving both production efficiency and carcase
That is according to the latest annual carcase
classification summary from the English Beef and Lamb Executive.
More detailed analysis reveals year-on-year improvements in both the leanness and conformation of all three classes of stock ( steers, heifers and young bulls ( to record the best all-round English beef carcase
quality of recent years.
NFU national livestock board chairman and Lancashire farmer Thomas Binns said: "The splitting of the carcase
is adding significant cost to the industry and devaluing farmers' produce.
In addition to this they discovered partial neck muscle removal, which is outside specification, and that fat was also taken from the thoracic cavity despite not being allowed under the current carcase
Tesco Producer Club members must supply to a set carcase
specification -- Tesco has no stated preference for particular breeds or crosses.
Consolidating the gains of recent years, comfortably over 50% of all classes of carcase
met the 'R or better' target for conformation.
It assesses sheep carcase
classification and meat yield.
weights have also increased from 305kg in 2011 to 311kg in 2012, suggesting that target fat class is being sacrificed in pursuit of higher weights in heifers.