The accuracy of grading machines currently installed by beef processing plants has been questioned over the past eighteen months.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, over 90% of factories have adopted electronic grading systems, while a number of plants still conduct grading by hand - these individuals are approved and licenced by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine(DAFM).
Machine classification utilises a Video Image Analysis to examine various elements of the carcass including conformation (E,U,R,O,P) and fat class.
That’s Farming ran an official poll over the course of the weekend and the results can be found below.
When asked ‘Are you of the opinion that the current grading machines are outdated technology?’ - 80% said yes, while 20% responded no.
‘Do you feel that the grading machines are accurate for both fat class & conformation grades?’ - 11% answered yes, while 88% disagreed.
We concluded our poll with a final question - ‘Should there be a complete overhaul of the current classification system?’ - 93% agreed, while 7% disagreed.