The American Lamb Board and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center have funded a study to finalize the instrument grading standard and to evaluate the benefits and effectiveness of the system.
The study is taking place in the Greeley JBS plant with equipment being installed in September. Once the equipment is installed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a 30-day, in-plant trial of the technology. Data will be summarized, validated and standardized by USDA for future use in assigning USDA quality and yield grades.
After the trial, Colorado State University's Center for Meat Safety and Quality, along with USDA, will conduct an economic evaluation to analyze the benefits and effectiveness of the system and determine the potential return on investment to the industry.