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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- Aussies show how to sell beef, FWi, 17 February, 2000
- The Times, 22 August 2001, page 3
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