Double Muscling

The use of double-muscled cattle breeds in terminal crosses: Animal performance and blood metabolites

Eighty-nine calves born of dams from British (50% Hereford and 50% Red Angus) and Continental (50% Simmental and 50% Maine Anjou) breeds crossed with Charolais (CH), Belgian Blue (BB) and Piedmontese (PM) sires were used to evaluate the productivity of using double-muscled cattle in terminal crosses. Breed of sire did not exert a significant effect on any parameter measured before weaning. Calving difficulty was related to breed of dam, being higher in British than in Continental dams (P < 0.05) and tended to be higher for male than for female calves (P < 0.10).

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