Effects of Wagyu Breeding and Finishing Environment on the Performance and Carcass Merit of Single-Calving Heifers1

A. E. Wertz, L. L. Berger, P. M. Walker, S. A. Wertz, Dan B Faulkner, F. K. McKeith, F. A. Martz, K. Coffey

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Abstract

Three trials were conducted to determine the effects of the changed USDA quality grade guidelines and finishing environment on the performance and carcass merit of Angus-sired and Wagyu-sired single-calving heifers. In trial 1, nine Angus and 15 Wagyu single-calving heifers were finished to a compositional subcutaneous fat cover of 1.0 cm on a corn/corn silage-based diet. Feedlot performance was not affected by sire breed. Wagyu (59.4 ± 0.49%) heifers had a higher (P0.10) lower as a result. Carcass merit was not significantly affected by finishing environment. The single-calving heifer system was a viable option for beef production despite the changes in USDA quality grade guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-185
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Animal Scientist
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Pasture
  • Single-Calving Heifer
  • Wagyu

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  • Food Science

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Effects of Wagyu Breeding and Finishing Environment on the Performance and Carcass Merit of Single-Calving Heifers1 . / Wertz, A. E.; Berger, L. L.; Walker, P. M.; Wertz, S. A.; Faulkner, Dan B; McKeith, F. K.; Martz, F. A.; Coffey, K.

In: Professional Animal Scientist, Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.09.1998, p. 178-185.

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Wertz, A. E. ; Berger, L. L. ; Walker, P. M. ; Wertz, S. A. ; Faulkner, Dan B ; McKeith, F. K. ; Martz, F. A. ; Coffey, K. / Effects of Wagyu Breeding and Finishing Environment on the Performance and Carcass Merit of Single-Calving Heifers1 In: Professional Animal Scientist. 1998 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 178-185.
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