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GRADING OF OVINE CARCASSES
45. (1) There shall be five grades of ovine carcasses with the grade names Canada AAA, Canada C1, Canada C2, Canada D1 and Canada D4.
(2) A grader, or an employee of an establishment, shall determine the maturity of an ovine carcass
(a) by examining its dentition; or
(b) by determining the presence of a break joint or spool joint and examining the colour and distribution of blood deposits in the joint.
(3) A grader shall determine the fat level of an ovine carcass by measuring the fat with a ruler over the twelfth rib and 11 cm off the midline of the ovine carcass.
(4) A grader shall determine the yield class of every lamb carcass that is graded Canada AAA.
(5) The yield class of a lamb carcass that is graded Canada AAA and that has a fat measurement set out in column I of an item of the table to this subsection is the yield class set out in column II of that item.
DETERMINATION OF YIELD CLASS FOR LAMB CARCASSES GRADED CANADA AAA
Column I Column II Item Fat Measurement (mm) Yield Class 1. Less than 13 Canada 1 2. 13 to 18.9 Canada 2 3. 19 to 24.9 Canada 3 4. 25 or more Canada 4
(6) A grader shall determine the average muscling score of every lamb carcass by evaluating the muscling of each primal cut, by assigning a score ranging from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 for the muscling of each primal cut, by determining the total muscling score for the primal cuts and by dividing the total muscling score by 3.
- SOR/99-214, s. 4.
Grade standards for Canada AAA
46. The standards for an ovine carcass of the grade Canada AAA are the following:
(a) the maturity characteristics set out in Schedule I to this Part;
(b) a minimum muscling score of 2 for each primal cut and a minimum average muscling score of 2.6;
(c) flank muscles that are pink to light red in colour;
(d) a fat covering that
(i) is firm and white or slightly tinged with a reddish or amber colour,
(ii) is not less than 4 mm in thickness at the measurement site, and
(iii) extends to provide at least a thin cover over the top of the shoulders, the back and the outside of the centre part of the legs; and
(e) a minimum of traces of fat streakings on the inside flank muscles.
- SOR/99-214, s. 4.
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