The way Canadian beef will be graded for yield will be different starting at the beginning of next year. The change from three classes to five is being made to align the Canadian yield grading system with the U.S.
The Canadian Beef Grading Agency (CBGA) says this move “will unite the industry and allow for alignment and transparency with those south of the border to us.”
According to a news release, the changes will provide enhanced distinction between higher and lower yielding carcasses providing the opportunity for improved targeted finishing practices.
These revisions have been in talks for a while now. This move is in addition to other changes coming into play within the Safe Foods for Canadians Act on January 15, 2019.
Final verification of the new five yield classes will result in the formulation and development of an objective measurement tool/ruler, says CBGA. Grader training and public communication will follow to allow the implementation of this yield change in a consistent and timely manner across Canada.