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Canadian Beef Grading Standards

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Dotted ArrowQuality Grade Standards for Youthful Cattle
Dotted ArrowMarbling Standards for Youthful Cattle
Dotted ArrowCanadian Grading Standards for Mature Cattle

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Quality Grade Standards for Youthful Cattle


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Marbling Standards for Youthful Cattle


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Canadian Grading Standards for Mature Cattle

In addition to the grades for youthful cattle, Canada also has quality grades for mature animals. Bulls are assigned an E grade and cows are placed into one of four D grades. Canada’s D1 grade requires excellent carcass muscling, firm white or amber fat and less than 15 millimeters (mm) or just over 9/16th of an inch fat depth. D2 requires medium to excellent muscling, white to yellow fat and less than 15 mm fat depth. The D3 grade is assigned to carcasses with low levels of muscling while D4 grades indicate a fat depth of greater than 15 mm. It is also possible to purchase ungraded Canadian beef. For more information on grading beef from mature cattle click here.

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