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Prediction of beef carcass and meat quality traits from factors characterising the rearing management system applied during the whole life of heifers

Abstract : In this study, four prediction models were developed by logistic regression using individual data from 96 heifers. Carcass and sensory rectos abdominis quality clusters were identified then predicted using the rearing factors data. The obtained models from rearing factors applied during the fattening period were compared to those characterising the heifers' whole life. The highest prediction power of carcass and meat quality clusters were obtained from the models considering the whole life, with success rates of 62.8% and 54.9%, respectively. Rearing factors applied during both pre-weaning and fattening periods influenced carcass and meat quality. According to models, carcass traits were improved when heifer's mother was older for first calving, calves ingested concentrates during pasture preceding weaning and heifers were slaughtered older. Meat traits were improved by the genetic of heifers' parents (i.e., calving ease and early muscularity) and when heifers were slaughtered older. A management of carcass and meat quality traits is possible at different periods of the heifers' life.
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Julien Soulat, Brigitte Picard, S. Leger, Valérie Monteils. Prediction of beef carcass and meat quality traits from factors characterising the rearing management system applied during the whole life of heifers. Meat Science, Elsevier, 2018, 140, pp.88-100. ⟨10.1016/j.meatsci.2018.03.009⟩. ⟨hal-02623831⟩

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