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New brochure boosts beef shoulder profit potential

Press Release   •   May 20, 2014 12:04 BST

A new publication from EBLEX entitled ‘Profit from the Beef Shoulder’ is an industry first, developed to enable processors and butchers to maximise profits by adding value to the beef carcase.

The bone-in beef shoulder accounts for almost 15% of the beef carcase and consists of 11 main muscles. The brochure provides detailed instructions on how to remove, de-bone and seam cut the beef shoulder into individual muscles. EBLEX recommends seam-cutting techniques to maximise carcase value and reduce wastage.

The weight and yield* of individual muscles is provided, both as a percentage of the primal and of the overall carcase, to help processors and butchers to plan their butchery costings.

The guide also showcases a range of different cuts which can be derived from the individual shoulder muscles, providing businesses with new and inspiring ideas. Featured cuts include: the Needle (EBLEX Code: Shin B008), a single muscle cut, ideal for braising steaks, slow and sous vide cooking; the Underblade Fillet (EBLEX Code: Chuck B022), a very tender muscle that is ideal for stir-fry, steaks and paves; and also a range of boneless beef shank portions which can add value to the shin muscles.

Profit from the Beef Shoulder’ is part of a new series of knowledge transfer brochures offering advice about the best ways to butcher the beef carcase to maximise profits throughout the supply chain.

Business development manager for EBLEX, Dick van Leeuwen, said: “As well as helping businesses to maximise the value of the beef carcase, we feel that this brochure will be an incredibly useful educational tool for staff, particularly for new people coming into the industry. It has already been well received by those who have seen it and EBLEX is proud of this recognition.”

To order printed copies of the ‘Profit from the Beef Shoulder’ brochure call the Quality Standard Mark Scheme Hotline on 0845 491 8787 or view online by visiting


Notes to editors

* The yield information in this brochure is based on a 303kg carcase (side weight 151.5kg), classification R4H (after 2 weeks maturation).

EBLEX is the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England and is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

It exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector. Its aims are:

  • To help the beef and sheep meat supply chain become more efficient
  • To add value to the beef and sheep meat industry.  

The EBLEX Trade Marketing team supports businesses throughout the retail and foodservice supply chains for beef and lamb. From abattoirs and processors to wholesalers, independent and multiple retailers and foodservice operators, we work with businesses to improve their operational effectiveness and assist with beef and lamb product development, marketing and promotion. Visit our website. Twitter. Facebook.

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