22 August 2001
‘Lazy cattle make better beef’

By FWi staff

AUSTRALIAN scientists working on a project to create the perfect tender steak believe that lazy cattle make better beef, reports The Times.

Molecular geneticists at the Co-operative Centre for Cattle and Beef Quality said slower-moving animals tasted better than faster-moving cousins.

They devised a “flight-time test” to see how quickly a beast covers the first six feet after being released from a weighing machine.

The team said that animals which “come out of the blocks like lightning” are genetically more likely to sire calves which taste tougher.

The researchers have identified a gene in cattle which determines tenderness or toughness.

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