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Eating quality of meat from organic beef based on crossbred animals

Therkildsen, M. and Vestergaard, M. (2014) Eating quality of meat from organic beef based on crossbred animals. ICROFS news, 2014, pp. 3-5.

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Production of organic beef from young cattle is not very developed in Denmark, in spite of a well-established organic dairy production that could deliver bull calves for use in organic beef production. Instead these calves are sold to conventional beef producers, because of low performance in organic production systems.
The purpose of this study was to test a concept for production of organic beef based on crossbred animals from dairy cows sired with a beef breed. The results show that crossbred Limousine X Holstein bulls and heifers may be an alternative to purebred Holstein bulls in organic beef production of young cattle because of improved gain and carcass conformation, aroma and taste. However, the fatness and texture of the crossbred bulls need to be improved through changes in the production strategy, especially feeding prior to slaughter, and in the pre and post mortem handling.

EPrint Type:Newspaper or magazine article
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 1 > SUMMER
Deposited By: Kirkegaard, Lene/LKI
ID Code:27746
Deposited On:11 Nov 2014 09:27
Last Modified:11 Nov 2014 09:27
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:(D.1.3)

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