Journal Article


Aidan P. Moloney
P.J. Caffrey
R. Neilan
M.G. Keane
Mark McGee


Agriculture & Food Science

genetic merit genotype holstein friesian quality characteristics irish dairy herd meat quality muscle composition beef

Meat quality characteristics of high dairy genetic-merit Holstein, standard dairy genetic-merit Friesian and Charolais x Holstein-Friesian steers (2020)

Abstract The increased use of Holstein genetic material in the Irish dairy herd has consequences for beef production. In all, 42 spring-born steers [14 Holsteins (HO), 14 Friesian (FR) and 14 Charolais × Holstein-Friesian (CH)] were reared to slaughter at between 26 and 37 mo of age. Carcass weight was higher and the lipid concentration of m. longissimus thoracis et lumborum was lower (P < 0.05) for CH than the dairy breeds. Overall acceptability tended to be lower (P = 0.055) while tenderness, texture and chewiness were lower (P < 0.05) for CH compared with the dairy breeds. The proportion of C16:1 in the total lipid tended to be lower (P = 0.055) for CH than the dairy breeds. Replacing male offspring of traditional “Irish” Friesian bulls with offspring from a genetically superior (from a dairy perspective) strain of Holstein bull had no commercially important impact on beef nutritional or eating quality.
Collections Ireland -> Teagasc -> IJAFR, Volume 59, 2020
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Livestock Systems
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Irish Journal of Agricultural & Food Research
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Animal & Bioscience
Ireland -> Teagasc -> Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Programme

Full list of authors on original publication

Aidan P. Moloney, P.J. Caffrey, R. Neilan, M.G. Keane, Mark McGee

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