Handbook of Australian Meat 7th Edition AusMeatInternational Red Meat Manual
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FAT CLASS & WEIGHT CLASSES

CARCASE FAT CLASS

CLASS 1 CLASS 2 CLASS 3 CLASS 4 CLASS 5
GR
Up to 5mm
GR
Over 5mm
up to 10mm
GR
Over 10mm
Up to 15mm
GR
Over 15mm
up to 20mm
GR
Over 20mm

MID LINE OF CARCASE

The fat cover on a carcase is described by fat classes on a scale of 1 to 5. The class is determined on the depth of tissue at the GR SITE. This site is located over the 12th rib, 110mm from the mid line as shown in the diagram.

WEIGHT CLASSES (Scores)

Carcases may be classified into weight classes. The classes are based on HSCW as follows:

CLASS 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Weight  Over (kg)   8 10 12  14  16 18  20  22 24 26
 & up to (kg) 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26