Carcass Data Evaluation Program

The CBE Carcass Data Evaluation Program has been made possible through state funding. Participating producers will receive actual carcass data on their cattle collected by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) graders free of charge through the Center for Beef Excellence program. 

The service, routinely provided by AMS for $4.00 per carcass, offers producers the unique opportunity to review all components that are utilized by graders nationwide to determine final quality grades and yield grades. Factors that will be collected include: maturity, marbling, ribeye area, hot carcass weight, fat thickness, percentage kidney/pelvic/heart fat and final yield grade. These factors are a valuable asset to producers to all segments of the beef industry. Information that will be obtained through the program will allow participants to evaluate breeding programs, compare feed programs and enhance profitability/management goals of operations. 

The goal of this program is to help producers understand the various factors that influence carcass value by providing a unique opportunity to review all factors that determine official grade placement on individual carcasses. By enhancing producer knowledge and general overall understanding of the carcass data collection process, we have an excellent opportunity to disseminate information obtained throughout the various segments of the beef industry in an effort to provide consumers with a more consistent high end quality product." 

CBE Carcass Data Evaluation Program participants will receive carcass data free of charge through the grant. Results will be collected through the Center for Beef Excellence account and relayed back to the participating producers. Signup will continue until grant funds are exhausted and applications will be handled on a first come - first served basis.  It is imperative to contact the Center for Beef Excellence prior to sending the cattle to the slaughter facility to facilitate prompt data collection. Please contact Ann Nogan at 570-687-3150 for more information or to obtain an application for this educational opportunity. 

Download the request form

To view a sample report

To view the fact sheet: Carcass Evaluation Sample Report Explanation