implants, marbling, yearling steers
A total of three hundred and twenty-four crossbred yearling steers were used in a two year study to determine the effects of anabolic agents on carcass characteristics. Steers were fed in a commercial feedlot for an average of 123 days, slaughtered and carcass data were collected. Implanted cattle gained significantly more weight (P< .05) than nonimplanted cattle. Steers that were implanted with Revalor-S gained weight more rapidly (P<.05) than Synovex-S implanted cattle. Implants significantly (P<.05) increased hot carcass weights and rib eye area when compared to nonimplanted cattle and Revalor implanted cattle tended (P= .0564) to have heavier hot carcass weights than Synovex implanted cattle. lmplants did not significantly affect yield grades. Implanted steers had lower (P< .05) marbling scores than control steers. Steers that were implanted with Revalor showed a significant (P<.05) decrease in marbling score when compared to the Synovex groups. The percentage of choice carcasses for no implant, Revalor, and Synovex treatments were 78.85, 58.82, and 67.68, respectively.
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Senn, L. A. and Wagner, J. J., "Effect of Anabolic Agents on Marbling in Yearling Crossbred Steers" (1995). South Dakota Beef Report, 1995. 12.