Offals and hides are the parts of the animal that are removed prior to a carcase crossing the factory scales and therefore aren’t part of what the factory pays for when they weigh the carcase and return farmers a price per kg for the carcase.

In industry jargon this product is referred to as the “fifth quarter” because when the animal moves through the slaughter hall it is split into two sides and each side is in turn split across the middle when it enters the boning room. That means that the original animal is now divided into four quarters while and the left over parts removed during the process are described as the “fifth quarter”.