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Effect of feeding diets rich in n-3 PUFA at different stages of the production period on the PUFA composition of intramuscular fat in Belgian Blue double-muscled bulls

  • K. Raes (a1), A. Balcaen (a1), E. Claeys (a1), D. Demeyer (a1) and S. De Smet (a1)...

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Belgian beef production is mainly using double-muscled Belgian Blue animals finished indoors on all-concentrate diets or high-concentrate/maize silage diets. In relation to consumer health and in order to improve the “functional food” value of beef, it is attempted to increase its n-3 PUFA content using linseed or grass and grass silage in the fattening diet. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of feeding grass or linseed at different stages of the production period on the intramuscular PUFA content of Belgian double-muscled beef.

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Raes, K., De Smet, S. and Demeyer, D. 2001. Effect of double-muscling in Belgian Blue young bulls on the intramuscular fatty acid composition with emphasis on conjugated linoleic acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Animal Science 73: 253260.

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