WAMMCO crossbred lamb suppliers this week started receiving their feedback sheets incorporating Viascan information. A sample sheet is shown at right.
The video imaging technology (Viascan®) system estimates the lean meat yield for each scanned carcase. A higher percentage indicates more recoverable meat. The scattergram shows each carcase as a dot, plotted against its predicted total meat yield (vertical axis) and its predicted cold weight (horizontal axis). A higher percentage indicates a higher yielding carcase.
The horizontal dotted lines indicate the upper and lower quartiles of a large sample of like carcases in terms of potential total meat yield. ie. any carcases above the upper dotted line are in the top 25%; carcases in the middle band are amongst the middle 50%; and carcases below the lower band are in the lower 25%. In this case, 9 carcases (or 7.6% of the line) were top yielding carcases, when compared to our sample.
Additional data is also available to us including predictions on specific segments such as leg, loin, shoulder, tenderlon, tipped leg and many others. Once proven, WAMMCO will be able to use this data to better manage carcase selection for specific markets, which will enable us to further improve yields and profits. This in turn benefits the Co-operative's members through improved returns.
The accuracy of the database is still being proven, and information is provided for information only. The data should therefore be treated as preliminary and not relied upon for any other purpose. We may also change the layout and extent of the feedback at a later date.
For an explanation on what the data means and how it should be read please contact our Supply Development Manager, Rob Davidson on Mobile 0429 380 195.
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