Over 1 in 6 cattle grade less than 90% accurate


'If a grading machine is out by at least two sub-categories, this could see farmers getting €140/head less than they should for their cattle'

Over 1 in 6 cattle grade less than 90% accurate

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'If a grading machine is out by at least two sub-categories, this could see farmers getting €140/head less than they should for their cattle'

Questioning regarding the accuracy of beef grading machines by Denis Naughten has led to improvements in accuracy, the local TD has claimed.

“There has been a dramatic improvement in the accuracy of beef grading machines, which has improved by over one-third, since I first started questioning the accuracy of the mechanical grading machines."

“Last year, 27% of cattle graded by machines during Departmental inspections were less than 90% accurate, but this has now improved to a point where 17% of cattle graded by machines are less than 90% accurate,” explained the Roscommon-Galway TD.

He said that these figures still expose the fact that even with these improvements, over 1 in every 6 cattle graded mechanically at meat plants are being graded at an accuracy of less than 90%.

€140/head less

"This can have a significant impact on the payment received by farmers, because if a grading machine is out by at least two sub-categories, this could see farmers getting €140/head less than they should for their cattle."

“What is hugely frustrating is the fact that these grading machines can easily be over 90% accurate but this requires vigorous enforcement by Department of Agriculture inspectors.

“The Minister for Agriculture also has a report on his desk on the introduction of new grading technology which could ensure a far greater level of accuracy and transparency when it comes to the mechanical grading of cattle and this must be published immediately,” concluded Naughten.

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