Hereford bulls were late castrated by emasculation at approximately 1 year old or left intact, and fed for 0, 60 or 90 days before slaughter to evaluate various traits of the M. longissimus. More days on feed resulted in increased carcass weight, fat thickness, USDA quality grade, ribeye area and percentage kidney, pelvic and heart fat, with no difference from late castration. Percentage of soluble collagen was highest for M. longissimus steaks from the 60 day feeding group, and lowest among those fed 90 days. Steaks from the controls were lighter colored while those from steers fed 60 days were the most red. No sensory differences occurred except for off‐flavor.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Muscle Foods|
|State||Published - Jan 1990|