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Evaluating Market Animals
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Why do we evaluate market animals? Thousands of cattle, hogs, and lambs are bought and sold everyday based off of some type of visual appraisal The composition (lean:fat) of livestock is directly related to their dollar value In order to make improvements in our genetics we need to continually evaluate what we are producing
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Types of Animals We Evaluate Feeders - Those ready for the feedlot Slaughter - Those ready for slaughter Breeding - Those used in breeding operations Carcasses - For grading
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Live Animal Evaluation Consists of appraisal of the live animal for yield and quality factors based off of visual indicators and handling of animals. Estimate of carcass merit
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Carcass Evaluation Consists of actual measurement of carcass data
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Postnatal Growth of Bone, Fat and Muscle
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The Growth Curve Maturity Slaughter Inflection Point Feeders
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Terms Hot Carcass Weight - weight of carcass after slaughter Dressing Percentage - Hot Carcass
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This note was uploaded on 03/09/2010 for the course MARB 1000 taught by Professor Hayes during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M University-Galveston.

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