Whether cooked or raw, chilled or frozen, Australian beef is labelled according to various characteristics.
Here Australian beef products have been categorized further.
Chiller Assessment Classification Based On Impact of Age and Feeding
Meat from a slaughtered animal can be catalogued as follows.
- Veal V Meat from cattle (male or female) with no adult teeth. Conventionally less than 70kg (154 lbs.)
- Beef A Meat from a castrated male or female animal with between 0 and 8 adult teeth. The animal’s weight is usually more than 70kgs.
- Bull B Meat from an uncastrated male with between 0 and 8 adult teeth.
- LIGHT MEAT COLOUR (LMC) may indicate carcase of young cattle.
- DARK MEAT COLOUR (DMC) may be an indication that cattle have been distressed before slaughter.
- ABSENCE of MARBLING (A.M) may indicate cattle have been grass-fed.
- PREVALENCE of MARBLING (P.M) may indicate cattle have been grain-fed.
Yearling beef or yearling steer Y or YS
- Up to 18 months old with no adult teeth
- A male is labelled as YS while Y may be male or female
Young beef or young steer YG or YGS
- Cattle have 0, 1 or 2 adult teeth
- 30 months old maximum
- Males denoted as YGS while YG can be a male or female
Young prime beef YP or young prime steer YPS
- Animals have 0 to 4 adult teeth
- Up to 36 months of age
- YP is a male or female animal while males are YPS
Prime beef PR or top steer PRS
- A male, female (PR) or a male (PRS) up to 42 months old
- Has 0 to 7 adult teeth
Ox (female) S
- Animal whose age is 42 months maximum with 0 to 7 adult teeth
Ox (male) S or steer SS
- A male of any age and has 0 to 8 adult teeth
- Female with eight adult teeth and over 42 months old.