Body Composition Evaluation

Potential Value of Ultrasound to Sort Feeder Cattle into More Uniform Groups for Finishing and Marketing

Authors
  • Allen Trenkle (Iowa State University)
  • J. C. Iiams (Iowa State University)

Abstract

Cattle in three experiments were scanned with ultrasound as feeders to measure ribeye area and thickness of fat cover to determine if cattle could be sorted into outcome groups with respect to carcass yield. Sorting the cattle into low fat cover or large ribeye groups resulted in improved carcass yield grades. There were no effects on carcass quality grades related to sorting of the cattle. Cattle with greater fat cover at the beginning of the feeding period were heavier, seemed to be more mature and had less muscle growth during the finishing period. There were no significant differences in gain among the groups, but cattle with more fat cover had poorer feed efficiency. Ultrasound seems to have potential to sort feeder cattle, but before it can be used in practice, growth curves need to be developed to predict final end points of individual cattle.

Keywords: ASL R1432

How to Cite:

Trenkle, A. & Iiams, J. C., (1998) “Potential Value of Ultrasound to Sort Feeder Cattle into More Uniform Groups for Finishing and Marketing”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1998
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