For what is a beef butcher cuts processing chart used?


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A beef butcher cuts processing chart is a guide to help consumers know what to expect when purchasing various parts of a heifer or steer. The chart shows the amount of meat to be processed, the weight of meat, and the percentage lost through removal of bones, fat and trimmings.

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Butcher cuts processing charts use average weights based on the results of numerous expert cutting tests. The actual percentage of meat a consumer ultimately receives depends on the size of the animal, the amount of fat, the grade of the meat, and the amount of boning and trimming done by the meat processor.

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