Carcass traits of Charolais, Limousin, Black and White and crossbreeds of Charolais, Limousin and Belgian Blue x Black and White young bulls in Slovenia
The effect of crossing of Black and White (BW) cows with Charolais (CHA), Limousin (LIM) and Belgian Blue (BB) sires on carcass traits of their crossbred male offspring was evaluated. The crossbred bulls were compared with pure breed BW, CHA and LIM bulls. Bulls younger than 24 months and slaughtered in Slovenian slaughterhouses from 2005 to 2008 were included in the comparison. All crossbred genotypes had heavier carcass weight and better net daily gain than pure breed BW bulls. Within crossbred groups the CHAxBW bulls had the heaviest carcasses and the greatest net daily gain. Among all genotypes the best carcass conformation had CHA and the worst BW bulls. In the comparison to pure breeds the BBxBW bulls had for 1.1 of the class better conformation than BW and for 0.5 worse than CHA bulls. Within crossbreeds the BBxBW bulls had for 0.12 and 0.30 of the class better conformation than CHAxBW and LIMxBW bulls. Carcass fatness varied from 2.3 to 2.6 among genotypes, where the BBxBW buls had the lowest fatness score.
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