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GENETIC IMPROVEMENT OF BEEF CATTLE ANS 3384
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TRAITS OF IMPORTANCE IN SELECTION OF BEEF CATTLE IN FLORIDA TRAIT HERITABILITY BIRTH WEIGHT >.40 WEANING WEIGHT .30 to .35 YEARLING WEIGHT ~.40 MILKING ABILITY .20 to .25
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Other Traits of Importance in Florida Beef CattleToday Post-weaning gain All carcass traits Fat thickness (0.15 to over 0.6 inches) Marbling – the ability to grade “Low Choice” or better Ribeye area (9.0 to over 16 sq. inches) The combined effect of REA and Fat thickness are used to determine the Yield Grade Yield Grades over 3.9 are severely discounted