Live grading for slaughter cattle

The Philippine National Standard (PNS) on Live grading for slaughter cattle is a
collaborative effort from the Department of Agriculture (DA) interagency spearheaded
by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries
Product Standards (BAFPS). Other members are from the National Meat Inspection
Service (NMIS), Livestock Development Council (LDC), Philippine Carabao Center
(PCC); academe represented by the University of the Philippines, Los Baños- Animal
and Dairy Sciences Cluster, private sectors represented by Monterey Foods Corp.
and livestock traders represented by the Philippine Livestock and Poultry Multipurpose
Cooperative (PLMPC) created as the Technical Working Group (TWG)
pursuant to DA Special Order No. 271 Series of 2008.
This PNS was based mainly from the study of BAI- Marketing Development Division
and UPLB-ADSC entitled “Establishment of Grading Standards of Slaughter Cattle for
Philippine Use.” As a result of this study, grade classification was devised using
grade factors that can estimate the liveweight of the animal as well as the total value
of the carcass. The main objective of this study is to have a fair livestock transaction
in the auction market that would encourage farmers to produce more livestock with
better quality.
The proposed standard was presented and reviewed during public consultations
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