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A comparison of SimmentalXHolstein-Friesian and PiemonteseXHolstein-Friesian cows in a hill suckler herd: 2. Performance of the progeny during finishing



A comparison of SimmentalXHolstein-Friesian and PiemonteseXHolstein-Friesian cows in a hill suckler herd: 2. Performance of the progeny during finishing



Irish Journal of Agricultural & Food Research 42(1): 79-87



The performance during finishing of the progeny of autumn-calving Simmental (S) and Piemontese (P)XHolstein-Friesian suckler cows sired by either Limousin (L) or Charolais (C) bulls was evaluated over 3 years. The calves from a hill suckler herd commenced finishing immediately after weaning at approximately 8 months of age. Mean weaning weights were 344 and 314 kg (bulls) and 313 and 290 kg (heifers) for S and P, respectively. Dressing proportion of heifers out of P cows was significantly higher (P<0.001) than for those out of S cows in all years and was also significantly higher (P<0.001) for bulls out of P cows in year 1. Bulls and heifers out of S dams tended to be fatter than bulls and heifers from P dams and this was significant (P<0.05) in year 1. Male progeny from Charolais sires were significantly heavier at slaughter and had higher carcass weights (P<0.05) than male progeny from Limousin sires. Likewise female progeny sired by Charolais were also significantly heavier at slaughter (P<0.01). However, the L heifers had a higher dressing proportion (P<0.01) with the result that carcass weights were similar for the two sire breeds. Carcass fatness grades were similar for L and S sires but heifer conformation grade was superior (P<0.05) for L sires.

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