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More muscling reduces dark cutting

Exciting new research conducted at Western Australia’s Murdoch University by Peter McGilchrist and his colleagues has shown that increased muscling decreases the incidence of dark cutting.

This research is of significant value when the estimated cost of dark cutting carcases in Australia is around $35 million per year.  “Dark cutting meat is dry to taste, spoils very quickly, has variable tenderness and is very dark in colour,” said Peter McGilchrist. 

If muscling (EMA) is increased to an above average level (greater than 70cm2 for a 250kg carcase) the risk of dark cutting should be greatly minimised.  “To achieve this, producers should utilise sires with an estimated breeding value (EBV) for EMA higher than the average,” Farm Online.

To read the full article, visit The Land Farm Online

Hereford Prime Beef Supreme

Hereford Prime was named Grand Champion Brand at this year's Steak of Origin final event.  It seems that Hereford cattle are the best bet when it comes to achieving consistent unrivalled quality.  Secure yourself a Hereford bull at this year's sale and be part of the breed that is leaping ahead.  Congratulations Bowmont Wholesale Meats.  Visit the Hereford Prime website

Hereford sired cattle more profitable

The value of cross breeding with a Hereford bull has been proven in a recent American research project, where Hereford sired cattle were US$30 per head more profitable.

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Keep up to date and view the latest Agricultural events in and around your region at the NZ Farmers Weekly NZX Agri Events page.




Outstanding Carcase Competition Results

The carcase competition results from around the country speak for themselves.  The Shorthorn Beef August 2011 issue reports on the outstanding success of Shorthorns in recent carcase competitions in Australia.  From Casino in northern NSW, to Bendigo in Victoria, to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, Shorthorns have more than proved their  worth and adaptability by winning competitions held in these regions.

The hotly contested Pacific Beef Carcase Competition is broken into three sections – feedlot performance, eating quality and carcase performance.  A team of four purebred shorthorn steers from Eungella Shorthorns were crowned Champion Team at this prestigious competition.

Yambah Station north of Alice Springs won the Supreme Champion Carcase award for the second year running at the Alice Springs Show.

Shorthorns also enjoyed significant success at the National Beef 2011 carcase competition being placed 1st and 2nd in the pen of three export class and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the unled domestic hook class.


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