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Meat Buyers Guide PDF

USDA IMPS - NAMP Beef Butchering Specs

The Meat Buyers Guide NAMP (National Association of Meat Purveyors) and the IMPS (Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications) use identical specs, but the IMPS is put out by a government agency and is free.  Click on the USDA IMPS for Fresh Beef link to download a free Meat Buyers Guide PDF version of the Beef file which includes NAMP/IMPS item numbers, descriptions and pictures of the cuts.  It will open in a new window, and it is a 2 MB file so it may take a minute to download.

To purchase the new 2010 NAMP Meat Buyer's Guide, or the CD, visit the purchase NAMP Meat Buyer's Guide page.

Visit the Cuts of Beef page for an index of beef primal information which is covered on this site, as well a detailed description of a variety of steak cuts.

USDA IMPS - NAMP Meat Buyer's Guide Offal Specs

For Beef Offal Meat Buyers Guide click on USDA IMPS for Variety Meats which also includes offal for Lamb, Pork, Veal, Cured, Smoked, Sausages and other by-products.

USDA IMPS - NAMP Veal Specs

For Veal Meat Buyers Guide click on USDA IMPS for Veal.

Fresh Beef IMPS Specs

  Weight Range (Pounds)
Item No. Description Range A Range B Range C Range D
 102A  Beef Forequarter, Boneless 104-125 125-146 146-168 168-up
 102B   Beef Forequarter, Streamlined 91-110 110-128 128-147 147-up
 104  Beef Rib, Oven-Prepared, Regular  19-22 22-26 26-30 30-up
 107  Beef Rib, Oven-Prepared  17-19 19-23 23-26 26-up
 107A   Beef Rib, Oven-Prepared, Blade Bone In 17-19 19-23 23-26 26-up
 108  Beef Rib, Oven-Prepared 13-16 16-19 19-22 22-up
 109  Beef Rib, Roast-Ready  14-16 16-19 19-22 22-up
 109A   Beef Rib, Roast-Ready, Special 14-16 16-19 19-22 22-up
 109B  Beef Rib, Blade Meat 3-up      
 109C  Beef Rib, Roast-Ready, Cover Off 13-15 15-18 18-21 21-up
 109D  Beef Rib, Roast-Ready, Cover Off, Short Cut 12-14 14-17 17-20 20-up
 109E  Beef Rib, Ribeye Roll, Lip-On, Bone In  11-13 13-16 16-19 19-up
 110  Beef Rib, Roast-Ready, Boneless 11-13 13-16 16-19 19-up
 111  Beef Rib, Spencer Roll 10-12  12-15 15-18 18-up
 112  Beef Rib, Ribeye Roll 5-6 6-8 8-10 10-up
 112A  Beef Rib, Ribeye Roll, Lip-On 6-7 7-9 9-11 11-up
 114A  Beef Chuck, Shoulder Clod Roast under-15 15-18 18-21 21-up
 114B  Beef Chuck, Shoulder Clod Roast, Special under-15 15-18 18-21 21-up
 114C  Beef Chuck, Shoulder Clod, Trimmed under-12 12-14 14-18 18-up
 114D   Beef Chuck, Shoulder Clod, Top Blade, Roast  under-2 2-3 4-5 5-up
 114E  Beef Chuck, Shoulder Clod, Arm Roast  under-8 8-10 10-12 12-up
 115  Beef Chuck, Square-Cut, Boneless 54-65 65-77 77-88 88-up
 115A  Beef Chuck, Blade Portion, Boneless 22-25 25-29 29-34 34-up
 115B  Beef Chuck, Arm-Out, Boneless 35-40 40-47 47-55 55-up
 115C  Beef Chuck, Square-Cut, Neck-Off, Boneless 48-59 59-70 70-81 81-up
 116  Beef Chuck, Square-Cut, Clod-Out, Boneless 40-48 48-57 57-65 65-up
 116A  Beef Chuck, Chuck Roll 13-15 15-18 18-21 21-up
 116B  Beef Chuck, Chuck Tender under-1 1-3 3-up  
 116C  Beef Chuck, Chuck Roll, Untrimmed 16-18 18-20 20-22 22-up
 116D  Beef Chuck, Chuck Eye Roll Under-8 8-10 10-12 12-up
 116E  Beef Chuck, Under Blade Roast under-8 8-10 10-14 14-up
 117  Beef Foreshank 7-8 8-10 10-12 12-up
 118  Beef Brisket 14-17 17-20 20-up  
 119  Beef Brisket, Deckle-On, Boneless 9-10 10-12 12-14 14-up
 120  Beef Brisket, Deckle-Off, Boneless 6-8  810 10-12 12-up
 120A  Beef Brisket, Flat Cut, Boneless 4-6 6-8 8-10 10-up
 120B  Beef Brisket, Point Cut, Boneless under-3 3-4 4-6 6-up
 120C  Beef Brisket, 2 Piece, Boneless 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-up
 121  Beef Plate, Short Plate 20-27 27-31 31-35 35-up
 121A  Beef Plate, Short Plate, Boneless 12-14 14-16 16-18 18-up
 121B  Beef Plate, Short Plate, Boneless, Trimmed 8-12 12-14 14-16 16-up
 121C  Beef Plate, Outside Skirt (Diaphragm) 1-2 2-3 3-up  
 121D  Beef Plate, Inside Skirt (Transversus Abdominus) 1-3 3-4 4-up  
 121E  Beef Plate, Outside Skirt (Diaphragm) Skinned 1-2 2-3 3-up   
 121F  Beef Plate, Short Plate, Short Ribs Removed 18-25 25-28 28-33 33-up
 121G  Beef Plate, Short Plate, Short Ribs Removed, Boneless 10-12 12-14 14-16 16-up
 122  Beef Plate, Full 28-37 37-44 44-51 51-up
 122A  Beef Plate, Full, Boneless 21-27 27-29 29-32 32-up
 123  Beef Short Ribs 2-3 3-4 4-5 5-up
 123A  Beef Short Plate, Short Ribs, Trimmed Amount As Specified
 123B  Beef Rib, Short Ribs, Trimmed Amount As Specified
 123C  Beef Rib, Short Ribs Amount As Specified
 123D  Beef Short Ribs, Boneless 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-up
 124  Beef Rib, Back Ribs Amount As Specified
 125  Beef Chuck, Armbone 77-88 88-103 103-118 118-up
 126  Beef Chuck, Armbone, Boneless 59-70 70-82 82-90 90-up
 126A  Beef Chuck, Armbone, Clod-Out, Boneless 46-57 57-69 69-77 77-up
 127  Beef Chuck, Cross-Cut 86-103 103-120 120-138 138-up
 128  Beef Chuck, Cross-Cut, Boneless
68-81 81-95 95-109 109-up
 130  Beef Chuck, Short Ribs
2-3 3-4 4-5 5-up
 130A  Beef Chuck, Short Ribs .5-1.5 1.5-2.5 2.5-3.5 3.5-up
 132  Beef Triangle
107-129 129-150 150-172 172-up
 133  Beef Triangle, Boneless  83-101 101-117 117-134 134-up
 134  Beef Bones Amount As Specified
 135  Diced Beef
Amount As Specified
 135A  Beef for Stewing
Amount As Specified
 135B  Beef for Kabobs Amount As Specified
 136  Ground Beef
Amount As Specified
 155A  Beef Hindquarter, Boneless
90-108 108-126 126-143 143-up
 155B  Beef Hindquarter, Streamlined 96-115 115-134 134-152 152-up
 155C  Beef Hindquarter, Trimmed 110-132 132-155 155-178 178-up
 157  Beef Hindshank 7-8 8-10 10-12 12-up
 158  Beef Round, Primal
59-71 71-83 83-95 95-up
 158A  Beef Round, Diamond-Cut
63-76 76-89 89-102 102-up
 159  Beef Round, Primal, Boneless 44-53 53-62 62-71 71-up
 160  Beef Round, Shank-Off, Partially Boneless
47-57 57-67 67-76 76-up
 160A  Beef Round, Diamond-Cut, Shank-Off, Partially Bnls 50-60 60-70 70-80 80-up
 160B  Beef Round, Heel & Shank Out, Semi Bnls
38-46 46-54 54-60 60-up
 161  Beef Round,  Shank-Off, Boneless 42-51 51-62 62-71 71-up
 161A  Beef Round, Diamond Cut, Shank Off Bnls 44-53 53-62 62-71 71-up
 161B  Beef Round, Heel and Shank Off, w/o Knuckle, Bnls 30-37 37-44 44-51 51-up
 163  Beef Round, Shank Off, 3-way, Bnls 41-50 50-58 58-66 66-up
 163A  Beef Round, Shank Off, 3-way, Untrimmed, Bnls 42-50 50-58 58-66 66-up
 164  Beef Round, Rump and Shank Off 40-48 48-56 56-64 64-up
 165  Beef Round, Rump and Shank Off, Bnls 35-43 43-50 50-57 57-up
 165A  Beef Round, Rump and Shank Off, Bnls, Special  38-46 46-54 54-60 60-up
 165B  Beef Round, Rump and Shank Off, Special 38-46 46-54 54-60 60-up
 166  Beef Round, Rump and Shank Off, Bnls, Netted 35-43 43-50 50-57 57-up
 166A  Beef Round, Rump Partially Removed, Shank Off 44-52 52-61 61-70 70-up
 166B  Beef Round, Rump and Shank Partially Off, Handle On 44-52 52-61 61-70 70-up
 167  Beef Round, Knuckle 8-9 9-11 11-13 13-up
 167A  Beef Round, Knuckle, Peeled 7-8 8-10 10-12 12-up
 167B  Beef Round, Knuckle, Full 10-12 12-14 14-16 16-up
 167C  Beef Round, Knuckle, Full, Peeled 9-11 11-13 13-15 15-up
 167D  Beef Round, Knuckle, Peeled, 2-Piece 5-7 7-9 9-12 12-up
 168  Beef Round, Top (Inside) Untrimmed 14-17 17-20 20-23 23-up
 169  Beef Round, Top (Inside) 14-17 17-20 20-23 23-up
 169A  Beef Round, Top (Inside) Cap Off 12-15 15-18 18-20 20-up
 169B  Beef Round, Top (Inside) Cap 1-2 2-3 3-up  
 170  Beef Round, Bottom (Gooseneck) 18-23 23-27 27-31 31-up
 170A  Beef Round, Bottom (Gooseneck) Heel Out 17-20 20-24 24-28 28-up
 171  Beef Round, Bottom (Gooseneck) Untrimmed 18-21 21-25 25-29 29-up
 171A  Beef Round, Bottom (Gooseneck) Untrimmed, Heel Out 17-20 20-24 24-28 28-up
 171B  Beef Round, Outside Round 8-10 10-13 13-16 16-up
 171C  Beef Round, Eye of Round under-3 3-5 5-up  
 172  Beef Loin, Full Loin, Trimmed 30-37 37-45 45-52 52-up
 172A  Beef Loin, Full Loin, Diamond Cut 35-42 42-50 50-57 57-up
 173  Beef Loin, Short Loin 17-24 24-30 30-35 35-up
 174  Beef Loin, Short Loin, Short-cut 14-20 20-25 25-30 30-up
 175  Beef Loin, Strip Loin 11-14 14-18 18-22 22-up
 180  Beef Loin, Strip Loin, Boneless 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-up
 181  Beef Loin, Sirloin 16-19 19-24 24-28 28-up
 181A  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin 11-14 14-17 17-20 20-up
 182  Beef Loin, Sirloin Butt, Boneless 11-14 14-16 16-19 19-up
 183  Beef Loin, Sirloin Butt, Bnls, Trimmed 9-10 10-13 13-15 15-up
 184  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin Butt, Bnls 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-up
 184A  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin Butt, Semi Center-cut, Bnls 7-9 9-11 11-13 13-up
 184B  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin Butt, Center-cut, Bnls 5-7 7-9 9-11 11-up
 184C  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin Butt, Untrimmed, Bnls 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-up
 184D  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin, Cap 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-up
 184E  Beef Loin, Top Sirloin, 2-Pc 8-9 9-11 11-13 13-up
 185  Beef Loin, Bottom Sirloin Butt, Bnls 5-6 6-7 7-8 8-up
 185A  Beef Loin, Bottom Sirloin Butt, Flap, Bnls 1-3 3-up    
 185B  Beef Loin, Bottom Sirloin Butt, Ball Tip, Bnls 1.5-3 3-up    
 185C  Beef Loin, Bottom Sirloin Butt, Tri-Tip, Bnls 1.5-3 3-up    
 185D  Beef Loin, Bottom Sirloin Butt, Tri-Tip, Bnls, Defatted 1.5-3 3-up    
 186  Beef Loin, Bottom Sirloin Butt, Bnls, Trimmed 2-3 3-4 4-5 5-up
 189  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Full 4-5 5-6 6-7 7-up
 189A  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Full, Side Muscle On, Defatted 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-up
 189B  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Full, Side Muscle On, Partially Defatted 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-up
 190  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Full, Side Muscle Off, Defatted 2-3 3-4 4-up  
 190A  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Full, Side Muscle Off, Skinned 2-3 3-4 4-up  
 191  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Butt 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-up
 191A  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Butt, Defatted 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-up
 191B  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Butt, Skinned under-2 2-3 3-up  
 192  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Short 2-3 3-4 4-up  
 192A  Beef Loin, Tenderloin, Tails Amount As Specified
 193  Beef Flank, Flank Steak under-2 1-2 2-up  

 

 

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KIM - LIV LIFE [75.11.165.41] [ Sep 05, 2010 ]

Excellent Info!!  Thanks!