More farmers hitting market spec

More livestock farmers are getting their stock to meet market specifications, according to a new report.

The analysis of Meat and Livestock Commercial Services carcass classification results by Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) and EBLEX showed that in 2009, more than half of beef carcasses in Britain met the market requirements for conformation and fat class.

Average carcass weight for prime beef rose by three kilos, with steers up two kilos, heifers up eight kilos and young bulls up seven kilos. This offset the slight drop in the overall GB herd, the survey said.

HCC has launched a new online guide to help farmers meet the market requirements – see