Marbling Characteristics in Cattle

 

Growth and breed-related changes of marbling characteristics in cattle

E. Albrecht, F. Teuscher, K. Ender and J. Wegner

J ANIM SCI 2006, 84:1067-1075

 ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to investigate the growth- and breed-related changes of marbling characteristics in cattle. Four cattle breeds with different growth impetus and muscularity were reared and slaughtered under experimental conditions. German Angus, as a typical beef cattle; Galloway, as a smaller, environmentally resistant beef cattle; Holstein-Friesian, as a dairy-type cattle; and double-muscled Belgian Blue, as an extreme type for muscle growth, were used. These 4 breeds were expected to have differences in muscle development and i.m. fat deposition.