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Title: Comparison of the growth and meat tenderness of Brahman and F1 Senepol � Brahman steers
Contributor(s): Schatz, T J (author); Thomas, S (author); Geesink, Geert  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1071/an14243
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Abstract: The growth of 116 Brahman (BRAH) and 96 F1 Senepol × Brahman (F1 SEN) steers grazing improved Buffel pasture in the Northern Territory was compared. Average growth was 10 kg higher in F1 SEN during grazing in the 9 months following weaning. Twenty-five steers of each genotype were compared for feedlot performance and meat quality. There was no significant difference in feedlot growth over 73 days in a commercial feedlot. On average F1 SEN carcasses graded two boning groups lower in the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) grading system. While M. longissimus samples from both genotypes were quite tender (shear force <4 kg), F1 SEN samples were found to be significantly more tender than BRAH (-0.44 kg) by shear force testing. These results indicate that crossbreeding with a tropically adapted Bos taurus breed, such as the Senepol, may be a viable method for cattle producers with Brahman herds in northern Australia to improve the meat quality of the cattle they produce.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Animal Production Science, 54(10), p. 1867-1870
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1836-5787
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070202 Animal Growth and Development
070201 Animal Breeding
070204 Animal Nutrition
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300301 Animal growth and development
300305 Animal reproduction and breeding
300303 Animal nutrition
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830301 Beef Cattle
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 100401 Beef cattle
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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