Within-breed comparisons have shown that intact males grow faster and yield a higher percentage of lean, edible beef than steers (Klosterman et a l., 1954; Bailey et a l., 1966a). The meat from bulls 13 to 14 mo of age or less appears to be acceptable in palatability (Bailey et a l., 1966b; Field, 1971; Winer et a l., 1981), although it is slightly less tend'er than steer beef. This report is a summary of a long-term project that is designed to characterize growth and compositional characteristics of Bos taurus and Bos indicus x Bos taurus crossbred bulls.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 8. Symposia (2), , 367–371, 1982
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