Beef and ultrasound technology
Thu, 16 Oct 97 13:51:48 cdt
I am working with a group of beef producers in NE Missouri who are
beginning to direct market. They are seeking a means to insure
(or be reasonably certain) that their meat is of 'choice' quality.
THis spring, the group experimented with ultrasound of animals after
they had been on feed for 60 days to learn projected grade, backfat,
and ribeye area. THey would like to explore this as a tool they
could learn to utlize themselves-without 'hiring in' an equipment
Are any of you experienced with the use of ultrasound as a means
to gauge carcass quality?
What extent of training is needed to insure accurate reading of
Please note that this group is NOT making a choice claim, but wants to
direct market only animals that approach those standards. Animals not
on that level will be directed toward another market (sale barn,
commercial feed lots, etc)
Any insight you are able to offer would be appreciated.
Laura Ann Bergman
"Building Sustainable Communities Through Agriculture"
PO Box 310
Lancaster, MO 63548
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