81 suckler-bred steers were slaughtered at Slaney Foods International - Bunclody, Co. Wexford from the Gene Ireland Progeny test centre at Tully, Co. Kildare recently.
The group consisted of February; March and April-2017-born steers with 22 different sires across 7 different breeds recorded.
The average carcass weight for the group was 344 kilos, with an average daily gain of 1.70 kilos/head/day for the group during their 82-day performance test period.
Average growth rate within the group ranged from 1.1-2.2 kilos/head/day, while the average kill-out for the group was 55%, with kill-out ranging from 50% to 60%.
Overall the animals graded “extremely well”, according to the ICBF as 30 of the steers were of U grade conformation and 49 fell into the R grade class with 2 O-grades. 100% of the 81 steers met the carcass fat specifications of 2+ or higher.
The average dry matter intake/day (DMI) for the group was 12.17 kilos, with steers consuming from 8.93 to 15.15 kilos/head/day on a DMI basis; the steers were fed hay and concentrates over their 82-day finishing period.
“Overall, the steers performed exceptionally well for their age and were gaining .94 kilos of carcass for each day they were on test at Tully.” The ICBF outlined
“The data demonstrates the large variation in performance between progeny in a steer finishing system.”
For all slaughter data, see here.
Image source: ICBF \ Website.