People don’t always realize that many operations that slaughter animals also harvest their hides to be tanned for leather in apparel, car upholstery, furniture, etc.
This makes good overall use of the animal, but the necessary processes can be costly if there is wasted time and product.
For this reason, you need a good sorting system to make sure that you know what you are dealing with.
Hide sorting is done through the application of a variety of systems.
One of the first steps after an animal has been skinned and the hide has been washed is a green grade station.
Here, an employee performs a physical inspection to check the hide for holes and tears while also identifying the type of hide based off of the brand.
The three typical types are:
Native: This particular type of cattle has no brand and is the most valuable. A brand on the hide causes that portion of it to be unusable, so this hide is best used for larger products.
Butt: Next most valuable; any beef animal that has a brand within 18 inches of the hind end. This hide can still mostly be used but the lower portion cannot. Leaves roughly 2/3 of the hide although misses out on the toughest portion of leather from the rear.
Colorado (“Collie”): The least valuable portion; any animal not covered by the other categories. Becomes much harder and less profitable to use because the leather is smaller and of lesser quality.
The grader can be set up with a touchscreen or simple button interface to input the appropriate info.
After leaving the station, the hides go to scales and then are deposited into an appropriate location based off of the weight range and type of that hide.
Our software can take this data and form trends, for example, to tell you what types of hides are coming in and how closely they fit ideal weight parameters.
The sorting drops each category into separate bins which are then dumped into vats of tanning chemicals to be treated.
Overtreating can cost a lot of money and ruin thinner hides so it is important to split the hides up into the right categories, so the process can be tailored to fit each one.
If chemical costs are killing your hide business, we can set you up with these grading and sorting systems to give you the level of control that you need to optimize the operation.