Section 1, Lecture 8

Beef Thin Meats Subprimals

Prerequisite:  Beef Round Primal Lesson

Earn Range® Meat Cutter Brisket, Plate & Flank Primals competency badges by completing the Brisket, Plate & Flank Primals Meat Cutter course, participating in course activities and passing required course assessments.


  • The student will identify the location of the Brisket, Plate & Flank primals and understand that they are referred to as the “thin meats.”
  • The student will identify the location and understand the features of the Brisket, Plate & Flank primals.
  • The student will learn about muscle fiber direction and the importance of the 90 degree rule.
  • The student will learn basic cutting methods and techniques for the Brisket, Plate & Flank primals, subprimals and retail cuts.
  • The student will learn the yield contribution of the Brisket, Plate and Flank to the beef carcass, and the importance of these data in understanding the value of the primals.
  • The student will identify the key bones of the Brisket, Plate & Flank primals and understand how to use these landmarks to make the correct cuts.
  • The student will become familiar with the IMPS numbers of the Brisket, Plate & Flank subprimals.
  • The student will understand the merchandising options available when cutting the Brisket, Plate & Flank primals, subprimals and retail cuts.
  • The student will learn to cut the Brisket, Plate & Flank primals into its subprimals and retail cuts.

Course Activities & Aids

  • 10 Knowledge Check Questions – throughout lesson to support learnings
  • 6 Instructional Cutting Videos with Kari Underly
  • Cut Steps and Cutting Descriptions to support videos
  • Interactive Icons  and Charts, Drag & Drop
  • Cutter and Merchant Details for Brisket, Plate & Flank primals  
  • Cut Charts & Study Aids
  • 8 Competency Badges

Course Assessments

  • Ten-item Random Question Quiz – Must pass with  80% accuracy.

Author:  Kari Underly

Photo Credits:  © Range® Inc., © The Beef Checkoff, © Jennifer Marx Photography, © Adobe Stock Art

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