Effects of different initial weights on fattening performance, slaughter and carcass characteristics of Holstein Friesian and Brown Swiss young bulls

DOI: 10.18805/ijar.5929    | Article Id: B-281 | Page : 112-117
Citation :- Effects of different initial weights on fattening performance, slaughter and carcass characteristics of Holstein Friesian and Brown Swiss young bulls .Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2016.(50):112-117

A. Diler1, R. Kocyigit, M. Yanar*, R. Aydin and N. Tuzemen2

mtyanar@gmail.com
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Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Ataturk University, Erzurum-25240, Turkey.

Submitted Date : 9-01-2015
Accepted Date : 20-07-2015

Abstract

A total of 27 young bulls [13 Brown Swiss (BS) and 14 Holstein Friesian (HF)] were fed to investigate the effects of initial fattening weights [light weight group (LG= 176.0± 3.5 kg) and heavy weight group (HG= 213.8±3.7 kg)] on the performance, slaughter and carcass traits. With increasing initial fattening weight, final weight (P the initial fattening weights in favour of bulls in HG. Average SEUROP conformation score of HG carcasses was one class better than that of LG carcasses. It was concluded that young bulls in HG had better slaughter characteristics, carcass measurements and percentage of kidney, pelvic and heart fat than these in LG, while performance and feed efficiency ratio of the animals in the different weight groups were not statistically different.

Keywords

Brown Swiss Carcass traits Fattening performance Holstein Friesian Initial fattening weights.

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