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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.

Read the full report

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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.




Reserve Champion Steer

A Hereford, Angus, Shorthorn cross  steer bred by the Hain’s was awarded Reserve Champion on the hoof at Beef Expo’s Future Beef Hoof & Hook competition.

The 19 month old steer tipped the scales at 694kg, eye muscle area was 92 square cm and his rib and rump fat was 9mm and 11mm.

The event was held in conjunction with the revitalised Beef Expo event now called AgInnovation.

The competition was fiercely contested with 70 young cattle enthusiasts from around the country in attendance and 55 steers entered.

The steer was later given second overall in the cross bred section after it came a solid 4th place on the hook.  All steers entered in the competition were sent to the works and graded and judged as a carcase.  They are given points for things such as yield, eye muscle area, even fat distribution, marbling, meat and fat colour and pH.

Handler Amy Carroll pictured with the steer did a fantastic job preparing him and presenting him at the two day youth event.  Also pictured Sid and Merran Hain


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Sam and Gemma Hain
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