Growth-specific changes in carcass quality of German Simmental cattle. 2. Effect of feeding intensity and body weight at slaughter on coarse carcass composition of young bulls
Augustini, C.; Branscheid, W.; Schwarz, F.J.; Kirchgessner, M.
Fleischwirtschaft 72(12): 1706-1711
ISSN/ISBN: 0015-363X Accession: 002395683
81 German Simmental bulls were fed ad lib. or a restricted diet from 200 kg to a finishing weight of 350, 500, 575 or 650 kg. There was a significant increase in the percentage of forequarter and a significant decrease in the percentages of hindquarter and pistol cut with increasing body weight. For bulls fed ad lib., there was a significant increase in carcass fat and a decrease in lean with increasing body weight, whereas the reverse applied to bulls fed a restricted diet. The percentage of bone decreased with increasing body weight in all bulls, and tended to be higher in the restricted bulls than in bulls fed ad lib. There were no significant differences between the feeding or body weight groups in the percentage of sinew. Data are presented in 8 tables for the composition of various carcass cuts at the different body weights and feeding levels. [For Pt. 1 see Fleischwirtschaft (1992) 72, 1584-1589].