Meat Judging Resources

American Meat Science Association (AMSA)
2441 Village Green Place
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Phone: (800) 517-AMSA (Business hours 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time)
Fax: (888) 205-5834

Meat Evaluation Handbook
($55.00 shipping included) For years, this handbook has served as the primary text for training meat science professionals in the area of fresh meat evaluation. Now in a revised and expanded edition, this handbook is the industry standard guide for fresh meat grading and selection.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)
9110E. Nichols Ave. #300
Centennial, CO
Phone: (303) 694-0305

Marbling Photos (#06-901)–$26.25

“Beef Made Easy” Beef Retail Cut Chart: Wall Size (#10-501) – – $2.65
“Beef Made Easy” Beef Retail Cut: Notebook Size (#10-502) – – $6.82/100

“Guide to Identifying Meat Cuts” (#06-202)–$4.00
55 pages. Includes information, cooking recommendations and identifying photos for all cuts of beef, veal, pork and lamb. The 2009 updated edition includes URMIS numbers for all cuts and identifies those cuts that meet government guidelines for lean.

National Pork Board
1776 NW 114th Street
Des Moines, IA 50325
Phone: (800) 456-7675
Fax: (515)223-2600

NPPC Pork Quality Standards (texture, color, marbling)
8 1/2 x 11″ Notebook Size — $15.00 each
25×35″ Wall Poster — $5.00 each
Laminated cards (each standard) in a vinyl pouch–$15.00

University of Illinois
Pubs Plus
1917 S. Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (800) 354-6087 (toll free within the U.S.)
(217) 333-2007
Phone service hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time
Fax: (217) 333-3917

Link to online store:

Set of two poster (beef/pork/lamb) – (product #: X183) – $12.00
This set includes two posters (Cuts of Beef/Variety Cuts Poster & Cuts of Pork/Lamb Poster), featuring all available retail cuts on the National FFA and 4-H meat judging lists (as of 2009). Also sold individually.

“Retail Meat Identification Flash Card Set” (175 color photos — #X180C) – $75.00

“Meat Judging and Grading Booklet” — $4.00

“Retail Meat Cut Identification and Technology CD-ROM” – over 700 slides – (product #:MDS100) -$82.50

University of Nebraska Animal Science

Meat Judging Videos
CEV Multimedia lists 40 video tapes on carcass and wholesale cut judging, beef grading, and retail cut identification. Costs range from $49 to $195 per video. For a current listing of meat evaluation products go to:

CEV Multimedia
1020 SE Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79404
Phone: (877) 610-5017
(806) 745-8820
Fax: (800) 243-6398
(806) 745-5300
General –
Support –
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST

6b. The Meat Science Laboratory holds a number of CEV videos, and will loan them out. (Call Laura Trumble to reserve tapes for a 10 day period – 608-262-0463)

Loin Eye Grids
AS 0234E – Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Beef) with envelope
AS0235E – Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Pork and Lamb) with envelope

These loin grids are available through the Iowa State University Extension. Please visit their Extension Online Store at

Backfat/Grading Rulers (stainless steel)
901 Janesville Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Phone: (800) 558-9595 (toll free)
Phone order hours: Weekdays 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – noon
Fax: (800) 372-1236 (24/7)

  • USDA Preliminary Cutability Grade Ruler (Product # C02615N) – $2.65

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