The effect of two- or three-breed crossing on growth and dairy performance of cattle. 1. Body weight and body measurements of two- and three-breed crosses

Chrenek, J.; Plesnik, J.

Vedecke Prace Vyskumneho Ustavu Zivocisnej Vyroby v Nitre 13: 65-78


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For Slovakian Pied (SP), German Black Pied (GBP) X SP, Danish Red (DR) X SP, DR X (DRXSP), and GBP X (DRXSP) heifers, birth weight averaged 33.4, 31.7, 31.7, 30.9 and 29.6 kg resp. (CVs = 8.5, 3.4, 9.3, 9.3 and 11.4%), and body weight at 24 mth of age 456.6, 464.5, 455.1, 446.9 and 456.3 kg (CVs = 4.5, 7.0, 3.1, 6.1 and 4.5%). The highest relative growth rate was recorded for the 3-breed crosses, followed by GBP X SP, DR X (DRXSP), DR X SP, and SP heifers. The highest daily gain (593 g) was recorded for GPB X SPs, and the lowest (570 g) for DR X (DRXSP)s. Data are also tabulated on body measurements.