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The effect of plane of nutrition during the growing and finishing phases, and gender, on the performance of beef cattle

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2017

T.W.J. Keady
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6DR, U.K.
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.
D.J. Kilpatrick
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6DR, U.K.
R.W.J. Steen
Affiliation:
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co Down BT26 6DR, U.K.
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Many factors, including plane of nutrition and gender affect the lifetime growth rate of beef cattle, during both the growth and finishing phases. Previous studies have clearly illustrated that a restriction in growth during one period of life results in compensatory growth later in life provided a high plane of nutrition is available during realimentation. It is essential that producers increase final carcass value by achieving cost effective performance at different stages during the life cycle. 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 the performance of finishing steers and heifers. Furthermore the effects of ad libitum concentrate systems during the finishing phase were also evaluated.

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