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A comparison of steers and heifers of the Charolais and Limousin breed for animal performance, carcass parameters and meat quality

  • F O Lively (a1), T W J Keady (a2), B W Moss (a3), D C Patterson (a1) and A Gordon (a3)...


The beef herd in the UK comprises of a diverse range in suckler cow genotypes and terminal sires (Keady et al., 2004a), which results in major variability in the animals presented for slaughter each day. Recent data indicates that Charolais and Limousin progeny account for over 65% of the beef animals slaughtered in Northern Ireland (APHIS, 2008). The objective of this study was to evaluate sire breed (Charolais or Limousin) and gender (steer or heifer) on performance during the finishing period, carcass parameters and meat quality.


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APHIS, 2008 Animal and Public Health Information System
Keady, T.W.J., Kirkland, R.M., Ingram, P.A., Steen, R.W.J., Comerford, J., Patterson, D.C., and Mayne, C.S. 2004a Proceedings of BSAS, York, pp. 36
Keady, TWJ, Kirkland, RM., Patterson, DC., Kilpatrick, D.J. and Steen, R.W.J. 2004b. Proceedings of BSAS, pp 188
Keady, TWJ, Kirkland, RM. and Kilpatrick, DJ. (2005). Proceedings of BSAS, pp 2
Keady, TWJ, Lively, FO, Kilpatrick, DJ. and Moss, BW. 2007. Animal 1, pp 612–623
Keady, TWJ, Lively, FO, Kilpatrick, DJ. and Moss, BW. 2008. Animal 2:1, pp 49–159


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