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Meat quality of hull calves fed only grass or only herbs for 8 weeks prior to slaughter matches that of concentrate-fed bull calves

Vestergaard, M.; Jensen, S.K. and Therkildsen, M. (2012) Meat quality of hull calves fed only grass or only herbs for 8 weeks prior to slaughter matches that of concentrate-fed bull calves. Abstract at: NJF seminar 454 ‘Meat and milk quality from organic and conventional farming systems, Sigulda, Latvia, 25-26 October 2012.

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The organic rules require that bull calves are raised outdoor at least 6 months a year in Denmark and are fed at least 60% roughage of the total diet. These rules are a constraint for an organic production of beef based on the bull calves born in the organic dairy herds because of extra labor costs, expected lower growth rate, difficulties in raising bull calves outdoor, possibly lower meat quality and lack of sufficiently high organic premium payment for the carcass. Thus, the bull calves are sold for conventional fattening. The supply of organic beef from young cattle is concomitantly very limited. However, in order to obtain the necessary higher payment for beef from organic-raised young cattle, it is important that consumers like the beef from grass- and herb-fed young cattle.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Other
Other Type:Abstract
Subjects: Farming Systems
Animal husbandry
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 1 > SUMMER
Deposited By: Kirkegaard, Lene/LKI
ID Code:22054
Deposited On:21 Dec 2012 13:52
Last Modified:21 Dec 2012 13:52
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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