Identifying practical ways to reduce the prevalence of Dark Cutting Beef (DCB) in young bulls by better animal handling ante-mortem

P. D. Warriss and S. N. Brown - School of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol

Type: Case Study
Knowledge level: Introductory

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Interesting case study from England on dark cutting beef in young bulls.

This case study looks into dark cutting beef in young bulls and how external factors can contribute to an increase in dark cutting. It assessed 717 bulls over a 3 month period and found the main cause of dark cutting was mixing unacquainted bulls together causing an increase in aggressiveness amongst them. The bulls were of various breeds and dark cutting was particularly higher in those that had a lower carcass weight even though conditions and feed were consistent during that period of time.

2008 - England - P. D. Warriss and S. N. Brown - School of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol
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