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

  • R. M. Kirkland (a1), T. W. J. Keady (a1), D. C. Patterson (a1), B. W. Moss (a1) and R. W. J. Steen (a1)...

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Meat from Holstein-Friesian bulls, which are bred for dairy traits, is generally regarded as low quality and is usually destined for the commodity (mince) market. However, given their ready availability as a by-product from the dairy herd, it is important to determine if meat from these animals would be suited to higher-priced markets. Furthermore, meat from bulls is generally considered to be lower quality than that from steers, though there is a paucity of data comparing meat from both sources. Hence, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of slaughter weight on meat quality characteristics of Holstein-Friesian bulls and steers offered a cereal-based ration.

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Moss, B. W., Gault, N. F. S., McCaughey, W. J., McLauchlan, W. and Kilpatrick, D. J. (1993). Effect of surgical and immunocastration of beef cattle on carcass quality. In: British Society of Animal Production Occasional Publication, No. 17 (Eds Wood, J. D. and Lawrence, T. L. J.), pp 8792.

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