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Feeder Cattle Evaluation Frame
Lib Taylor, Administrative Assistant

FRAME

 
Frame
Steers
Heifers
L
Large + 1250# and up 1150# and up
Large
Large -
       
M
Medium + 1100# to 1250# 1000# to 1150#
Medium
Medium -
       
S
Small + 1100# and under 1000# and under
Small
Small -
 

Expected Weight to Grade Choice

Muscle Thickness

Thickness Score Minimum Degree of Thickness
#1 Moderately Thick
#2 Tends to be Slightly Thick
#3 Thin
#4 Very Thin

Cattle which suffer from disease, parasitism, sever emaciation, or any condition that must be corrected before they can be expected to perform normally, are considered unthrifty and are graded U.S. Inferior. Double muscled cattle are also graded Inferior because they do not deposit marbling normally.

 

NCDA&CS Markets Division - Livestock Section, Neil Bowman, Manager
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 402, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919)707-3151; FAX: (919) 733-0999