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The effect of gender and the plane of nutrition during the growing and finishing phases, on carcass characteristics and meat quality

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2017

F.O. Lively
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down BT26 6DR, U.K.
T.W.J. Keady
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down BT26 6DR, U.K. School of Agriculture and Food Science, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX. e-mail, arini@dardni.gov.uk
B.W. Moss
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture and Food Science, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX. e-mail, arini@dardni.gov.uk
R.M. Kirkland
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down BT26 6DR, U.K.
D.C. Patterson
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down BT26 6DR, U.K. School of Agriculture and Food Science, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX. e-mail, arini@dardni.gov.uk
D.J. Kilpatrick
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture and Food Science, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX. e-mail, arini@dardni.gov.uk
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Growth rate of beef cattle is influenced by gender and can also be manipulated through changes in the plane of nutrition offered throughout the lifetime of the animal. Due to the low profitability of calf production at present it is essential to achieve optimum carcass weight as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Compensatory growth, whereby a restriction in growth during a period in life is compensated by higher growth rates later in life, may have the potential for achieving cost effective animal performance from beef cattle. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of plane of nutrition during the first winter growth and final winter finishing phases on carcass characteristics and meat quality of steers and heifers. Furthermore the effects of ad libitum concentrate systems during the finishing phase were also evaluated.

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Copyright © The British Society of Animal Science 2004

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Keady, T.W.J., Kirkland, R.M., Patterson, D.C., Kilpatrick, D.J. and Steen, R.W.J. 2004. Proceedings of this Conference, (in press).Google Scholar
Moss, B.W., Gault, N.F.S., McCaughey, W.J., McLauchlan, W. and Kilpatrick, D.J. 1993. British Society of Animal Production Occasional Publication No. 17, pp. 8792.Google Scholar

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