Carcass characteristics of Angus steers fed to Japanese market standards. Academic Article uri icon


  • Japanese Black (Wagyu) cattle are characterized by an ability to consistently produce highly palatable, well-marbled beef. The Japanese utilize a unique management program which includes feeding the cattle a high roughage diet for extended periods of time, typically at least twice that of American feedlot practices. In this study, Angus steers were fed a typical US feedlot diet to the Japanese market endpoint of 680 kg. Carcasses were analyzed for marbling score, meat color and fat color by days on feed and adjusted to a common carcass weight. Results indicate that the quality traits studied did change (P < 005) with an increasing number of days on feed. The marbling score had a high standard error.

published proceedings

  • Meat Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Cameron, P. J., Lunt, D. K., & Smith, S. B.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Cameron, PJ||Lunt, DK||Smith, SB

publication date

  • January 1993