MSA Slaughter Floor Grading

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What is the course about?

The aim of this module is to provide processor operatives with the skills and abilities to correlate to the MSA standards for ossification, hump height, fat distribution and hide puller damage. The training will also cover the ability to assess all possible criteria affecting eating quality on hot carcases.

On completion of this course participants should be able to demonstrate:


  • An understanding of MSA Slaughter Floor Grading
  • Preconditions for MSA slaughter floor assessment
  • An understanding of Maturity / Ossification
  • An understanding of the relationship between ossification and dentition
  • An understanding of the relationship between hump height and tropical breed
  • An understanding of the importance of fat distribution
  • An understanding of MSA grading defaults and their impact on eating quality
  • An understanding of MSA product traceability
  • Knowledge of the MSA standards for processing

How do I book a Course?

MSA Slaughter Floor Grager training is a company-based program and can be booked by enquiring via our website. Run as an In-House course only we require a minimum of 5 people to run this on site.
We require access to the slaughter floor and chillers and is run over 5 days.

What your course fees cover

Your courses fees paid cover the following items:

  1. Course tuition
  2. Workbooks and assessments
  3. Issue of certificate
Who Should attend? 
  • Any person wishing to conduct assessment of the carcases on the slaughter floor to MSA

English is not my first language! Will I have problems?

All AUS-MEAT training courses are presented in English. A sound understanding of the English language is required. All workbooks and assessments are conducted in English. If required, the use of dictionaries or tablets are acceptable.
For any additional or special requirements please contact AUS-MEAT on (07) 3361 9200 to discuss what support services are available.

How will you be assessed?

The MSA Grading course includes both theory and practical assessments. The assessments are used to ensure participants understand important information in relation to MSA Grading. Revision for these assessments may be conducted daily and your trainer will answer any questions you may have.

These assessments will be in the form of:

  • Practical Correlation runs
  • Computer Assessment
  • Written Theory Assessment
  • Practical Assessment
  • Evidence Guide to demonstrate competency in skills associated with MSA Grading

Issue of Certificates

At the completion of the 5 days training, you will be required to submit both practical and theory assessments. Industry standard correlations will then need to be completed using the Onsite Correlation and Practice Program (OsCap™) in your workplace; these must be submitted within 8 weeks of completion of the theory component of the training.

All MSA slaughter floor grader trainees must be assessed and “Signed off” by an MSA/MLA employed grader prior to commencement of grading duties.

A Certificate of Competence is issued to all participants who successfully complete all practical and theory assessments.

What are the course hours?

Monday             7:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday:                    5:30am - 3:30pm (Times may vary)
Friday 5:30am - 12:00pm (Roughly)

Note - Times may vary and will be determined by your trainer on the day.

Do I need to bring anything?

You will need to bring the following to the course:


  • Warm clothing as we will spend a large amount of time in carcase chillers (max. 10 °C
  • All protective clothing for entering production areas will be supplied by the hosting processor.

Entry Requirements

There are no Pre-requisites for this course.

At the course:

This is not an "attendance only" course.


  • AUS-MEAT has set standards and expects all potential animal welfare auditors to meet the minimum standards.
  • Your success depends largely on your own input into the course.
  • The Trainer/s will assist you to develop studying techniques.
  • Please feel free to ask the Trainer/s any questions during the course.
  • Reviewing the day's material at night will help reinforce concepts introduced at the course.
  • The course will involve group activities and discussions, please participate enthusiastically.