The influence of sex-class, USDA yield grade and USDA quality grade on seam fat trim from the primals of beef carcasses.
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Beef carcasses (129 steers and 80 heifers) differing in weight, muscling, fatness and marbling score were selected to represent the full spectrum of USDA yield grades; one side was fabricated into boneless primal cuts. Primals were trimmed of all external fat and intermuscular (seam) fat and all components were weighed. Regression equations were developed to predict the percentage of seam fat on an external fat-free primal basis using USDA yield grade (YG), marbling score and a squared function of YG as the independent variables. YG (.77) and marbling score (.67) were highly correlated to seam fat. Heifers tended to have a higher predicted percentage of seam fat than did steers across all YG. Primals from USDA Choice carcasses had approximately 1.0 percentage point more predicted seam fat than did USDA Select primals at the same YG and sex-class. The YG 2.5 heifers had similar proportions of predicted seam fat from primals as YG 3.5 steers, but YG 3.5 heifers tended to have more seam fat than YG 4.5 steers. The same trend was noted between YG 4.5 heifers and YG 5.5 steers, indicating a sex-related deposition of seam fat in fed cattle.