PRIME beef carcases
improved in quality during 2012.
It is part of the wider Carcase
Quality Initiative, which aims to boost Hereford-sired beef's popularity among both pedigree and commercial breeders.
Half of the prime beef carcases
classified in Great Britain met the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) target of 'R4L or better' from a sample of more than 300,000 prime cattle checked by the Meat and Livestock Commission last year.
The collection point will be situated at Ewart Newtown Farm, Wooler, from where the carcases
will be removed for rendering or incineration.
Encouragingly, these quality improvements were achieved at the same time as a increase in average carcase
weights for all classes.
The NFU is campaigning to remove the health and safety procedure of splitting sheep carcases
and removing the spinal cord, saying the risk of any disease spreading from animals to humans is virtually non existent anyway.
This is supported by the reduction in the average carcase
weights of lambs slaughtered in English abattoirs also recorded by MLC ( from 20.
Overall, MLC carcase
classification reports for more than 148,000 prime cattle slaughtered in England in 2005 show 41% of prime beef meeting the preferred "R4L or Better" specification.
The rotting remains of six cows and calves were found in two barns at South Dissington Farm near Ponteland and a seventh carcase
was lying in an open field close to where other cattle were grazing.
That is according to the latest annual carcase
classification summary from the English Beef and Lamb Executive.