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The effect of slaughter weight on production characteristics of Holstein-Friesian male cattle

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 November 2017

R.M. Kirkland
Affiliation:
The Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6DR, U.K.
T.W.J. Keady
Affiliation:
The Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6DR, U.K.
D.C. Patterson
Affiliation:
The Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6DR, U.K.
R.W.J. Steen
Affiliation:
The Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, Co. Down, BT26 6DR, U.K.
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Holstein-Friesian bull calves, although bred for dairy traits, are available at low cost as a potential resource for the beef industry. Finishing of these cattle on intensive feeding regimes has become more attractive in recent years reflecting, inter alia, the reduction in cereal prices and availability of subsidy payments. However, in the future, market-driven economy, production systems must become more efficient if they are to remain viable. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of slaughter weight on production characteristics of Holstein-Friesian bulls offered cereal-based diets, whilst also evaluating the effects of sexual status on performance attributes.

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