Annex D - Table comparing beef carcass grading nomenclature in Chile and Canada

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Canadian Beef
Quality Grades
Chilean Standard
1306-2002

Canada Prime, Canada AAA, Canada AA, Canada A

Young beef (steers and heifers) less than 36 months. Trace and above marbling.

V

Steers, heifers and young cows, maximum 4 permanent teeth (10 to 34 months); fat cover 1, 2 and 3

Young bull and bull, maximum 2 permanent teeth (10 to 24 months); fat cover 1, 2 and 3

Canada D1, Canada D2

Steers and heifers with 6 permanent teeth (42-48 months)

C

Steers and young heifers, maximum 6 permanent teeth (35 to 42 months); fat cover 1, 2 and 3

Canada Dl, Canada D2, Canada D3, Canada D4

Mature cows over 48 months

U

Adult and old cows, after 8 permanent teeth (over 43 months); fat cover 1, 2 and 3

Bulls and bullocks with 4 or more permanent teeth (over 24 months); fat cover 1, 2 and 3

Oxen with 8 permanent teeth (over 43 months); fat cover 1, 2 and 3

Canada has a separate classification and grade system for bulls/stags (young bulls under 36 months of age) from Canada E to Canada Prime. Mature bulls are not eligible for Canada quality grades.

N

All classes but calves; no teeth requirements; fat cover 0; fat cover 1, 2, and 3 penalized for contusions. Third degree bruised carcasses of any class.

Canada A1, A2, A3, A4, Canada B1, B2 B3, B4 and Canada Cl, C2

Grades A, B and C are based on muscling requirements and fat deposits on the kidneys and carcass. Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 are based on the colour reading of the lean muscle.

O

Male and female calves with milk teeth (up to 9 months); no fat cover requirements.

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