Retail cutting characteristics for US Choice and US Select beef subprimals. Academic Article uri icon


  • US Choice (Ch) and US Select (Se) beef subprimals from the rib, chuck, plate, loin, and round were obtained to conduct retail cutting tests. Subprimals were merchandised into bone-in or boneless retail cuts and associated components by experienced retail meat merchandisers. These Se subprimals had less (P<0.05) trimmable fat than their Ch counterparts: ball tip, top sirloin, outside round, inside round, and ribeye. Se inside rounds, outside rounds, eye of rounds, boneless striploins, and ball tips had greater (P<0.05) purge losses than the same cuts from Ch. The only subprimals where grade impacted total saleable yield were the top (inside) rounds (Ch=80.13%, Se=87.34%; P=0.004) and outside rounds cut into roasts, steaks, and cubed steaks (Ch=87.61%, Se=90.28%; P=0.05). Methods to increase retail yields from beef subprimals should consider minimizing purge and increasing cutting efficiencies in addition to reducing fat trim.

published proceedings

  • Meat Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Voges, K. L., Pfeiffer, K. D., Baird, B. E., King, D. A., Johnson, H. K., Griffin, D. B., & Savell, J. W.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Voges, KL||Pfeiffer, KD||Baird, BE||King, DA||Johnson, HK||Griffin, DB||Savell, JW

publication date

  • May 2006