The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) separates domestic beef into eight grades, based on intramuscular fat or marbling, and other qualities like tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. The two highest grades are Prime and Choice. Prime is the top grade on the USDA scale and features an abundant amount of marbling.
Snake River Farms produces beef that measures above the USDA scores. To grade these higher levels of marbling and quality, we utilize the 12-point BMS (Beef Marbling Score or Beef Marbling Standard) from the Japanese Meat Grading Association (JMGA). SRF Black Label ™ and SRF Gold Label ™ both score above USDA Prime.
SRF Black Label™ is rated a BMS of 6 to 8 with significantly more marbling than USDA Prime graded beef.
SRF Gold Label™ registers a BMS of 9 to 12 and contains the highest level of marbling we offer.