Animal Science, Department of


Date of this Version

January 1999


Published in 1999 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Published by Agricultural Research Division & University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension , Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The amount of lean, subcutaneous fat, seam fat and bone of each of the four major primal cuts (round, rib, loin and chuck) were used in combination with yield grade to predict total side composition. The makeup of each primal is highly related to total carcass composition The decision of which primal to fabricate depends on the sex of the animal and which component (lean, subcutaneous fat, seam fat or bone) is of greatest interest.