The objective of this research was to investigate effects of maternal prepartum dietary energy source (forage vs. concentrate) during mid and late gestation on carcass composition, and meat quality of offspring.
Angus-based cows from 2 sources [n = 129 from SDSU (Experiment 1) and n = 70 from North Dakota State University (Experiment 2)] were stratified by body weight and age and placed into two treatment groups at a drylot facility during mid- and late-gestation: Concentrate (dams fed a concentrate-based diet) or Forage (dams fed a forage-based diet). Calves were finished and carcass data was collected. Striploins were collected for meat quality evaluation.
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Gubbels, Erin; Schauer, Christopher; Stecher, Don; Drolc, Donny; Salverson, Robin; Harty, Adele; Rusche, Warren; Wright, Cody; Cammack, Kristi; Smith, Zachary; Grubbs, J. Kyle; Underwood, Keith; Block, Janna; Olson, Kenneth; and Blair, Amanda, "Comparison of Winter Cow Feeding Strategies on Offspring Carcass Characteristics and Meat Quality" (2021). SDSU Beef Day 2021 Summary Publication. 7.