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MLA Calls For Less Stress On Feedlot Cattle

15 September 2009

AUSTRALIA - Decreasing the stress on cattle being feed-lotted needs to be addressed says the Australian meat industry's research and development body.

Meat and Livestock Australia's Geoff Niethe told ABC Rural that consumers are demanding higher quality meats, produced through specialised diets on feedlots.

He says socialisation in cattle herds is a major factor in improving their condition.

"After they've been feed-lotted, then when they go to saleyards, it's probably important that those animals are always kept in the same social mob right through to the slaughter chain," he says.

"As soon as you have stress in an animal prior to slaughter, the glycogen levels get depleted and they become dark cutters and tough."

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