The latest annual carcase
classification results released by Eblex show 51% hit the target R4L or better, which was an increase of more than 2% on 2011 figures.
AutoFOM provides a three dimensional image of the pig carcase
and its composition, enabling saleable cuts to be predicted and offering fairer returns to producers.
Lamb, Sheep Fresh or Chilled Carcases
and Cuts: European Union Market Outlook 2010 and Forecast till 2015
It is part of the wider Carcase
Quality Initiative, which aims to boost Hereford-sired beef's popularity among both pedigree and commercial breeders.
Cracknell, whose major customers are Sainsbury and Asda, looks for carcase
weights in the 280-360kg range with 3/4L fat cover.
The number of carcases
meeting the standard has risen from 39% in 1998 to 50% in 2000, according to analysis by Eblex.
Only drowned sheep carcases
can be disposed of in this way.
At 343kg in 2007, steer carcases
were fully 4kg heavier than 2006 while bulls were 3kg heavier at 330kg and heifers 2kg heavier at 299kg.
In addition, the European Food Standards Authority has supported the approach as it says there is no evidence of any link between classical and/or atypical scrapie and TSEs in humans, further evidence that the splitting of sheep carcases
has become outdated.
Overall, MLC classification reports for more than 200,000 prime cattle slaughtered in England in 2006 show 46% of prime beef carcases
meeting the preferred "R4L or better" specification.
MLC meat scientist Kim Matthews said: "English producers are continuing to prove especially adept at marketing their animals at the correct level of fatness, less than 15% of all prime beef carcases
are grading 4H or worse.
Yesterday he denied five charges of failing to dispose of animal by-products correctly and one of allowing live animals access to carcases
, but was found guilty by magistrates in Bedlington.