Baby beef without concentrates - A Feasibility Study Baby beef without concentrates - A Feasibility Study
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 29, pp 137-146, Jan 1969
Article class: Conference PresentationNew Zealand Society of Animal Production
AbstractThe use of single- or double-suckled autumn calving Friesian cows to produce calves of 350 to 4001b carcass weight at 12 months of age off pasture was investigated over two years. Initial stocking rates were either 6 single-suckled, or 4 double-suckled cows on 6 acres. Meat production of the above order was achieved, but the stocking rate of one single-suckled cow and calf per acre appeared to be too high for this management system. One single-suckled cow and calf were removed from the area during the second winter. Net outputs of 348 lb and 434 lb of beef carcass/acre/annum were obtained under single- and double-suckling, respectively. The most difficult management problem encountered was a delay of 5 to 9 weeks in getting the cows in calf. The carcasses of the calves showed satisfactory development and distribution of lean meat. The palatability characteristics of the meat, as judged by a trained taste panel and shear force measurements, differed little from those of conventionally produced Aberdeen Angus cattle.
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