Live animal performance, carcass traits, and meat palatability of calf- and yearling-fed cloned steers. Academic Article uri icon


  • Two groups of Brangus steers produced by nuclear transplantation cloning were used in parallel studies investigating the impact of calf- and yearling-feeding. The first group (n = 8) were fed as calves (CF; n = 4) or yearlings (YF; n = 4) to a constant age end point of 16 mo. The second group (n = 10) were fed as calves (CF; n = 5) or yearlings (YF; n = 5) to a constant live weight end point (530 kg). When slaughtered at the same age, CF and YF steers did not differ (P > .05) in feedlot ADG, but the CF steers were heavier and had higher dressing percentages, numeric yield grades, and quality grades (P < .05). Top loin steaks from the groups of steers did not differ (P > .05) in palatability traits. When fed to a constant live weight, the YF steers gained more rapidly (P < .05) and had lower (P < .05) numeric yield grades than did CF steers. Again CF steers had higher (P < .05) dressing percentages. There was no difference (P > .05) between the treatments in carcass quality grade or meat palatability characteristics. Thus, when finished to a constant weight end point, YF steers gained more rapidly, with no adverse effects on carcass quality grade or palatability traits; however, CF steers consistently produced higher dressing percentages, largely due to greater external fatness.

published proceedings

  • J Anim Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Harris, J. J., Lunt, D. K., Smith, S. B., Mies, W. L., Hale, D. S., Koohmaraie, M., & Savell, J. W.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Harris, JJ||Lunt, DK||Smith, SB||Mies, WL||Hale, DS||Koohmaraie, M||Savell, JW

publication date

  • April 1997