New ultrasound technology helps buyers evaluate hides
An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist has found a way to spot defects in the animal hides that become footwear, sporting goods, fashion accessories and other leather goods.
This is an important achievement. About 90 percent of the 32 million hides produced by the meat industry in the United States each year are exported.
Before they are sold in international markets, they are visually inspected, weighed and given a numeric grade. Many hides, however, have hidden defects...
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