30 dairy-bred bulls were slaughtered at Slaney Foods International, Bunclody, Co. Wexford by the Gene Ireland Progeny Test Centre at Tully, Co. Kildare.
The progeny – February and March-2017-born bulls were sired by 18 different bulls across 3 different breeds - HO, MO and JE, according to the ICBF.
The average carcass weight for the group was 330 kilos, while the average daily gain during their 97-day performance test period was 1.70kg/head/day, according to the ICBF.
Average growth rate within the group ranged from 1.11 kilos to 2.20 kilos/head/day; the average kill-out for the group was 52%, with kill-out ranging from 47% to 55%.
|Dry Matter Intake:||14.91kgs/day|
|Average Daily Gain:||2.04kgs/day|
|Carcass conformation and fat:||R=3=|
“Overall, the animals graded extremely well with 11 of the bulls being of R grade conformation and 19 falling into the O grade class.”
“100% of the 30 bulls met the carcass fat specifications of 2+ or higher - this was a great achievement for dairy-bred bulls.” The ICBF added.
|Dry Matter Intake:||14.14kgs/day|
|Average Daily Gain:||2.0kgs/day|
|Initial Liveweight :||436kgs|
|Carcass conformation and fat:||R=3-|
The average dry matter intake (DMI) per day for the group was 14.18 kilos, with bulls consuming from 11.78 to 16.37 kilos/head/day on a DMI basis. The average feed efficiency for the group was 8.52, ranging from 5.46 to 12.00.
The bulls were fed hay and ad-lib concentrates over their 97-day finishing period.
|Dry Matter Intake:||14.42kgs/day|
|Average Daily Gain:||1.33kgs/day|
|Carcass confirmation and fat:||O+3-|
“Overall, the bulls performed exceptionally well and were gaining .88 kilos of carcass for each day they were on test at Tully.”
“The data demonstrates the large variation in performance between dairy progeny in a bull finishing system.” The ICBF concluded.
|Dry Matter Intake:||13.44kgs/day|
|Average Daily Gain:||1.66kgs/day|
|Carcass confirmation and fat||R-3=|
|Average age of bulls:||23.8-months|
|Number of bulls on trial:||30|
|Avg. carcass weight||300kgs|
|No of bulls hitting carcass fat spec||100%|
All individual data on animals slaughtered recently can be found here.
Image source: ICBF