On September 11, the SCENSM announced that it would introduce "promotional measures to revise the livestock promotion system." Eleven days later the government announced the formation of a "Secretariat to Establish the National Livestock Cooperatives Federation (NLCF)." (98)
(101) The Secretariat to Establish the NLCF, consisting of fifteen members from the Livestock Promotion Association and ten members from the NACF, considered it a "sense of duty to consider the protection of livestock producers" when it drafted the regulations and the law governing the NLCF.
The law establishing the NLCF was passed by Chun's National Security Legislative Council on December 15, 1980, establishing the NLCF with 100 cooperatives on January 1, 1981, (104) The original law established the NLCF as an agent of the government; the MAF minister had the authority to appoint the NLCF president, and the NLCF president had the authority to appoint local cooperative presidents.
In the election of the NLCF president, each local cooperative president has one vote regardless of the cooperative size or the amount the local cooperative has invested in the NLCF.
The NLCF and local cooperatives have been granted the legal authority to engage in a wide range of business practices.
At 24 h post-slaughter, the carcasses were weighed and evaluated by official grader for back fat thickness, ribeye area, marbling (1 = devoid and 9 = abundant), lean meat color (1 = brightly cherry red and 7 = extremely dark red), fat color (1 = white and 7 = dark yellow), firmness (1 = soft and 3 = firm), maturity (1 = youthful and 9 = mature), yield index and grade, and carcass quality grade according to the Korean carcass grading standard (NLCF, 2004).
However, the lean meat color scores of all groups were still in the range of normal color according to the Korean carcass grading standard (NLCF, 2004).