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Title: Post-weaning growth, ultrasound and skeletal measurements, muscularity scores and carcass traits and composition of progeny of five beef suckler cow genotypes
Authors: Murphy, B.M.
Drennan, Michael J
O'Mara, Frank P.
McGee, Mark
Keywords: Carcass
Genotype
Growth
Suckler cow
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, Ireland
Citation: B.M. Murphy, M.J. Drennan, F.P. O’Mara and M. McGee. Post-weaning growth, ultrasound and skeletal measurements, muscularity scores and carcass traits and composition of progeny of five beef suckler cow genotypes. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research 47: 27–40, 2008
Series/Report no.: Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research;vol 47
Abstract: Post-weaning growth, ultrasound and skeletal measurements, muscularity scores, and carcass traits and composition of the progeny of spring-calving Limousin (L), Charolais (C), Limousin × Holstein-Friesian (LF), Limousin × (Limousin × Holstein-Friesian) (LLF) and Simmental × (Limousin × Holstein-Friesian) (SLF) cow genotypes was determined over 3 years. Bull and heifer progeny were slaughtered at ~460 and ~610 days of age, respectively. Post-weaning growth did not differ significantly between the genotypes. Progeny from LF and SLF cows had the highest (P<0.001) carcass gain per day of age, whereas progeny from L and C cows had the highest (P < 0.01) carcass conformation score and lowest (P < 0.001) fat score. The proportion of meat in the car¬cass was higher (P < 0.001) and bone lower (P < 0.001), and meat to bone ratio higher (P < 0.001) for the progeny of L cows than all other genotypes, which were similar. Carcass fat proportion was similar for progeny of L and C cows and lower (P < 0.001) than LLF and SLF, with LF being intermediate. The progeny from L cows tended to have the greatest proportion of hind-quarter in the carcass. Genotype effects were mini¬mal when the proportion of high-value cuts was expressed relative to weight of meat in the carcass and hind-quarter. In conclusion, there was no effect of cow genotype on the performance of their progeny from weaning to slaughter. However, crossbred cows with good maternal (milk) traits produced progeny with a higher carcass weight per day of age, whereas the purebred continental cows produced progeny with superior carcass classification traits.
Description: peer-reviewed
B. Murphy was in receipt of a Walsh Fellowship provided by Teagasc.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/641
ISSN: 0791-6833
Appears in Collections:IJAFR volume 47, 2008
Livestock Systems

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