The six major carcass cuts are:

  • Neck (about 1 1/2 pounds of meat) which is cut into sections like oxtail or deboned for ground.
  • Rib Cage – 3 pounds trimmed for ground.  This includes the strip running along the backbone.
  • 2 Thighs (see cuts 1 through 7 on the chart below)
  • 2 Drums (see cuts 8, 9 & 10 on chart below)

Emu Hindquarter, Meat Cuts and Muscle Names

 Meat Cut International #’s of muscles in cut
Muscle(s)
with prefix M omitted
Weight Before Desilvering Tenderness
rating*
1. Fan EM 1046 Iliofibularis 1 lb. 4 oz (567 g)  1
2. Top Loin EM 1047 Iliotibialis cranialis 1 lb. (454 g)  1
3. Outside Strip EM 1036 Flexor Cruris lateralis 10 oz (238 g)  2
4. Round EM 1035 Iliotibialis lateralis 1 lb 9 oz (709 g)  2-3
5. Inside strip EM 1050
EM 1037
EM 1038
(Caudo-)iliofemoralis;
flexor cruris medialis
pubo-ischio-femoralis
7 oz (198 g)

6 oz (170g)

1-3
6. Tip EM 1041
EM 1042
EM 1043
EM 1059a
EM 1059b
Femorotibialis complex:
Femorotibialis Medius,
Femorotibialis Externus,
Femorotibialis Internus,
Femorotibialis Accessories, pectineus
1 lb + (454 g+)  2-3
7. Oyster EM 1045
EM 1073b
EM 1073d
EM 1059c
Liofemoralis internus:
Iliotrochantericus cranialis,
Caudalis;
Ambiens (part of)
12 oz (340g)  1-4
8. Inside Drum EM 1011 Gastrocnemius, pars interna 1 lb 7 oz  3-8
9. Outside Drum EM 1012 Gastrocnemius, pars externa 1 lb (454 g)  3-5
10. Mid-Drum EM 1013 Fibularis longus 1 lb. (454 g) 3-5

 

Information provided by the Emu Farmers Handbook, Vol 2 by Maria Minnaar (ISBN 0-9643741-4-5)
* Tenderness rating is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most tender.

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