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Title: Overview of MSA and the cuts based grading scheme
Contributor(s): Thompson, John Mitchell  (author); Polkinghorne, Rod (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 070299 Animal Production not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830301 Beef Cattle
Abstract: Meat Standards Australia (MSA) is a Total Quality Management System aimed at delivering an accurate description of beef eating quality to the consumer. MSA has identified those Critical Control Points (CCPs) from the production, pre-slaughter, processing and value adding sectors of the beef supply chain that impact on palatability using large-scale consumer testing. These CCPs have been used to manage beef palatability in two ways. Firstly, CCPs from the pre-slaughter and processing sectors have been used as mandatory criteria for carcasses to be graded. Secondly, other CCPs from the production and processing sectors have been incorporated into a model to predict palatability for individual muscles and cooking techniques. The MSA model can be used to underpin new marketing innovations. There is now good evidence that consumers will pay more for better quality beef. There are several retail examples of where pricing is based on the MSA palatability score. This allows the value of the carcass to be calculated by summing the weights of the retail cuts multiplied by the price paid for the different quality grades. Producers are then pad on a proportion of retail value. This system allowed the economic weights associated with the different carcass traits to be calculated. As the grades were based on a continuous qualify scale, producers in this system were rewarded for small increments in quality and yield traits. The use of MSA in this fashion has underpinned a new and innovative marketing system where the pricing was transparent and allowed producers to make informed decisions to modify both quality and yield traits.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: Feeder Steer School Armidale 2006, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, February of 7 - February of 9 2006
Source of Publication: Feeder Steer School Armidale 2006
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, NSW, Australia
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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