Effect of feed energy intake on collagen characteristics and muscle quality of mature cows.
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Samples from mature cows fed a high-energy and maintenance-energy diet for 84 days prior to slaughter were used to compare collagen solubility and palatability traits. Cows fed a high-energy diet prior to slaughter had increased percentage heat-labile collagen, less sensory panel detectable connective tissue and lower shear force values than cows fed a maintenance-energy diet. Mature cows fed a high-energy diet were fatter and had more marbling than cows fed a maintenance-energy diet. The increased collagen solubility from feeding a high-energy diet to mature cows resulted in palatability and shear force ratings similar to those expected from young animals.