Journal article

Effects on performance and meat quality of Holstein bulls fed high concentrate diets without implants following immunological castration

S Marti, JA Jackson, N Slootmans, E Lopez, A Hodge, M Perez-Juan, M Devant, S Amatayakul-Chantler

MEAT SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the GnRH vaccine on the performance and meat quality of Holstein bulls fed high concentrate diets. A total of 493 approximately 7month old bulls (initial BW 298±1.2kg) were allocated into 3 treatment groups, intact bulls (n=164), animals surgically castrated at 15 to 17d of the study (n=164), and animals vaccinated on 0 and 28d of the study with the GnRH vaccine (n=165). Animals were slaughtered between 131 and 133d and carcass quality was evaluated. Hot carcass weight, dressing percentage, fat classification and meat quality parameters did not differ significantly between surgically castrated and vaccinated animals but differed (P<0...

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