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The influence of conformation of the suckler dam on dystocia and progeny characteristics

  • R. M. Kirkland (a1), T. W. J. Keady (a1), P. A. Ingram (a1), D. C. Patterson (a1), R. W. J. Steen (a1), J. Comerford (a2) and C. S. Mayne (a1)...


The Northern Ireland beef herd currently incorporates a very diverse range of genotypes which produces a very varied product in terms of carcass weight, fatness and conformation (Kirkland et al., 2004). However, factors other than genotype may also influence the expression of maternal traits and progeny carcass characteristics. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the influence of dam conformation, irrespective of genotype, on dystocia and progeny carcass traits.


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Kirkland, R. M., Keady, T. W. J., Ingram, P. A., Patterson, D. C., Steen, R. W. J, Comerford, J. and Mayne, C. S. 2004. Beef from the suckler herd: 2. Evaluation of the performance of some of the commonest dam genotypes present in the Northern Ireland suckler herd. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, p36.


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