Wet Blue Cattle Hides

 

The characteristics of New Zealand cattle hides are typical of Northern European breeds.

The hides received by Lowe Corporation, are derived from cattle that are pasture fed providing raw stock that is clean and free of any manure related problems. The majority of New Zealand cattle herds are identified by tags ensuring hides that are free of brands. The low cattle population density and the natural grass nutrition afforded by New Zealand's temperate climate, assures Lowe Corporation hides are of good quality. Most of Lowe Corporation hides are machine flayed.

Hides at Lowe Corporation's tanneries are machine fleshed on arrival. This procedure allows for substance variation over the neck and butt regions and removes surplus fat and flesh which assists in the first stage of the tanning process. In addition to this, all Wet Blue bull hides are re-fleshed in lime which assists grain flatness.

 

Type

Weight Range

Average Sammed Wet Blue Weight
(
Kg Per Hide)

Area
(SF Per Hide)

# of Hides per TEU

WB Hides Ox  Under 20kg
20 - 24kg
24 - 27kg
27kg Up
16 / 17kg
20 / 21kg
23 / 24kg
28 / 29kg
36 / 37 SF
40 / 41 SF
43 / 44 SF
47 / 48 SF
1,200
1,000
900
700
WB Hides Cow Under 14kg
14 - 18kg
18 - 23kg
23kg Up
11 / 12kg
13 / 14kg
17 / 18kg
22 / 24kg
29 / 30 SF
34 / 35 SF
39 / 40 SF
44 / 45 SF
1,600
1,300
1,100
900
WB Hides Heifer 14 - 18kg
18 - 23kg
23kg Up
14 / 15kg
18 / 19kg
23 / 24kg
33 / 34 SF
37 / 38 SF
42 / 43 SF
1,300
1,100
900
WB Hides Bull 20 - 24kg
24 - 27kg
27kg Up
20 / 21kg
23 / 24kg
27 / 29kg
40 / 41 SF
42 / 43 SF
44 / 45 SF
1,000
900
700

WB Hides 3rd 

Under 18kg

18-24kg

24kg Up

14 / 16kg

20 / 21kg

28 / 29kg

33 / 34 SF

37 / 38 SF

42 / 44 SF

1,300

1,000

900

WB Hides Other

Vealer

Flay

4th

Reject

06 / 07kg

18 / 19kg

17 / 18kg

11 / 12kg

 

1,600

1,000

1,200

1,000

WB Hides Casualty

A

B

14 / 15kg

14 / 15kg

33 / 44 SF

1,300

1,300

WS Hides Bull

Under 20kg

20 - 27kg

27kg Up

4th

18 / 19kg

24 / 25kg

30 / 31kg

26 / 27kg

 

1,170

900

684

990

Wet Blue Specifications
pH 3.5 - 4.0
Chrome contents Minimum 3% Cr203
Shrinkage Maximum 5% after immersion in water at 100 degrees
Brands
Hastings: Graeme Lowe Hastings (GLH), Hastings, Hawke's Bay - North Island
"Average Sammed Wet Blue Weight" and "Area" are estimates onlyand are mentioned but without guarantee
The "Weight Range" refers to salted equivalent weights
Selection Firsts, Seconds and Thirds:
Our standard offer is 80% firsts and 20% seconds, however we also offer other combinations. Thirds are usually offered separately.