Study designed to improve Maritime beef

CANADA - The Maritime Beef Testing Society is conducting a major research study on Maritime beef to determine the types of feed and environmental conditions needed to produce the cuts of meat consumers now demand.
calendar icon 16 January 2007
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Calves from the three Maritime provinces have been shipped to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Nappan, Nova Scotia.

In Nappan, they'll be fed and managed in a feedlot setting. Their weight gain, dry matter intake and feed will be detailed. Each animal will also be tested to see which have the best genetics for things like good marbling, rib-eye size and lean yield.

The study will provide vital information to farmers, said the president of the P.E.I. Cattlemen's association.

"Some of the information from the feeding trials will help producers not only to maybe manage their feeding techniques a little better, like the mix that they're using, and things like that, but we can also learn about the genetic component of this trial, and which cattle will perform a little better genetically, maybe what lines we should be looking at, and which cow-calf producers have the type of genetics that will perform better under these conditions and provide exactly what we're looking for," Darlene Sanford said.

Source: CBC News
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