Due to the extension of the program for agricultural surfaces in the EU, the protection of natural surfaces, the necessity of management of absolute grassland for landscape preservation as well as the reduction of the dairy cattle stock the importance of the beef production from suckling cows in Germany and Europe will continue to increase. A lasting and sufficient profitability of this production however, can be secured only by the proof of a high product quality and thus by high meat quality. So far, the better meat quality is not evaluated at the market with higher prices,  but  one has to take into account the price increases in the future. Since breeding is a lengthy process, it must follow scientific bases to overcome possible fluctuations. The scientific investigation on this material from an ecologically oriented program shows, what kind of qualities can be produced in such a programme, which genetic groups are suited particularly well for high carcass and meat quality and whether the video image analysis can be used for faster and easier quality assessment.

D. Sanaa, W. Schlote, M. Roffeis, U. Funke, A. Scholz

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 11, , 11.45, 2002
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