Cost benefit analysis for combined splitting and spinal cord removal

Beef carcase splitting is currently undertaken by trained and experienced saw men, often using splitting saw operated on hydraulic platforms.

Due to recent progress in automating other aspects of red meat processing and new ideas surrounding how carcase splitting could be automated, there is renewed interest in the potential economic benefits of automating the process.

As well as splitting, it is envisaged that removal of spinal cord material could be included in the automation.