Leaving the EU frees up the opportunity to change how we grade cattle and sheep. To this end AHDB, QMS and HCC are looking at the pros and cons of changing the system for cattle which has been in place since the 1970s. AHDB is seeking industry advice on whether our grading system should be changed.

The EUROP grid allows for price comparison across Europe and rewards farmers for higher yielding animals with recognition to the level of fat. Additional bonuses are offered on breed and sometimes production type but there is no reward for parameters such as marbling, tenderness or animal diet. Since the EUROP grid’s inception, beef production in the UK has changed to fit the grades which offer the most reward, with more continental breeds giving higher-yielding carcases.