Visual Appraisal

Subjective visual assessment of live animals or their carcasses is an inexpensive and rapid technique that is often used to supplement linear measurements. Distinguishing between muscling and fatness is difficult. Therefore, visual assessment of muscling is more effective within a narrow range of fatness, particularly when fat levels are low. However, visual prediction is difficult to standardize. Comparative photographs that subjectively depict degrees of muscling and fatness are effective standards that can be used to classify extremes in composition, especially for carcasses. Nevertheless, for the sake of accuracy visual appraisal is not recommended.[1]

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