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Report: Deliverable 3.2 Effects of mother-bonded calf rearing on meat quality in calves

Bieber, Anna; Stamilla, A.; Priolo, A.; Luciano, G.; Spengler Neff, A. and Natalello, A. (2021) Report: Deliverable 3.2 Effects of mother-bonded calf rearing on meat quality in calves. .

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We tested the hypotheis that calves allowed dam suckling (MS) twice a day would benefit with regard to meat quality compared to twice a day bucket fed (BF) group mates. On farm trials iwthGerman Friesian Cattle were carried out on an organic certified commercial farm between autumn 2018 and summer 2020, of which 8 MS and 11 BF calves were slaughtered. The pH measured 24 hours after slaughtering did not differ in meat from calves of different feeding regimes.
We also could not identify any difference between meat of BF and MS calves regarding colour, lipid oxidation or fatty acid composition.
From our results we conclude that meat quality does not benefit from mother contact alone, when milk intake is comparable between calves with and without mother contact.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:cow calf contact, meat quality, calf rearing, Abacus, FiBL50090
Agrovoc keywords:
calf feeding
calf meat -> veal
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund > ProYoungStock
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund
Italy > Univ. Catania
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Deposited By: Bieber, Anna
ID Code:42894
Deposited On:01 Dec 2021 11:44
Last Modified:13 Jan 2022 10:15
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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