Most of our present-day livestock is sold on the basis of live weight and grade. An alternative method of selling is to base prices on the carcass weight and grade of the animals. This method has the advantage that prices are based more nearly on the wholesale value of the carcass. However, important factors that need to be studied with this method are tissue shrinkage and reductions in carcass grade (1) when livestock is shipped from the point of sale to the packing plant and (2) when livestock is held over in the packer’s yards for one or more days before slaughter. These changes in carcass yield and grade could impact the payments made to farmers. For equitable settlements to be made, the extent of such changes in yield and grade need to be determined and a method of adjusting payments to farmers should be developed.
South Dakota State University
Nervik, Ottar; Pierce, Ellis A.; and Glover, J. Harvey, "The Effect on Carcass Yield and Grade of Holding Lambs in Packers' Yards" (1952). Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletins (1939-2011). 23.