Determining Acceptance of Domestic Forage- or Grain-Finished Beef by Consumers from Three Southeastern U.S. States
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Twenty-six crossbred steers were finished either on ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) forage (FOR, n = 13) or a primarily grain diet containing 85% corn, 7.5% cotton-seed hulls, and 7.5% vitamin/mineral/urea supplement (GRAIN, n = 13) to determine the consumer acceptance of forage- and grain-finished beef in 3 southeastern states. Shear force values were not affected by finishing treatment (P = 0.62), and both total and heat-labile collagen content means of the FOR and GRAIN steaks were similar (P = 0.88 and 0.14, respectively). Ribeye steaks were cut from wholesale roasts after 14 d of aging and were evaluated by 1250 consumers in a retail study and 87 consumers in a take-home study across Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Retail consumers rated GRAIN steaks higher for flavor (P = 0.001), overall palatability (P = 0.001), and price per kg (P = 0.001) compared to FOR steaks, but consumers in the take-home study found no differences in any of the 3 traits. Consumers that preferred FOR steaks were willing to pay an average of $2.38/kg and $5.61/kg more for FOR steaks than for GRAIN steaks in the retail and take-home studies, respectively (P = 0.001 ). Among consumers surveyed across all 3 states, 34.1% of retail consumers and 54.0% of take-home consumers preferred FOR steaks. At least one-third of the consumers surveyed preferred the taste of forage-finished beef and were willing to pay a premium. 2006 Institute of Food Technologists.
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Cox, R. B., Kerth, C. R., Gentry, J. G., Prevatt, J. W., Braden, K. W., & Jones, W. R.
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Cox, Ryan B||Kerth, Chris R||Gentry, Jessica G||Prevatt, J Walter||Braden, Kirk W||Jones, William R