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Revista Brasileira de Saúde e Produção Animal

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SOUZA, Evaristo Jorge Oliveira de et al. Deposition patterns of body tissues of Nellore and crossbreed with Angus and Simmental heifers. Rev. bras. saúde prod. anim. [online]. 2012, vol.13, n.2, pp.344-359. ISSN 1519-9940.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-99402012000200005.

The objective of this work was to evaluate deposition pattems of body tissues of Nellore and crossbreed with Angus and Simmental heifers. Fifty seven heifers (19 Nellore, 19 Angus and 19 Simmental) were used, being 12 heifers (four in each genetic group) slaughtered before the beginning of the experiment as the baseline group. Thirty six (twelve in each genetic group) were ad libitun fed with 30 (six in each group) and 50% (six in each group) of dry matter diet in concentrate. The animals were in a completely randomized design, 3x2 factorial (tree genetic group and two diet), with six replicates per treatment. Nine remaining animals were used for a digestibility trial. At the end of the experiment all these animals were slaughtered and its corporal composition determined. The percentage of subcutaneous fat was greater for Angus heifers. Chemical constituents of empty body weight and empty body gain there did not suffer effects of genetic group. The crossing between Nellore and Angus, as well as the level of concentrate improve carcass characteristics and pattern of deposition of body tissues.

Keywords : adipose tissue; gain composition; muscle tissue.

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