Effect of chronological age of beef steers of different maturity types on their growth and carcass characteristics when finished on natural pastures in the arid subtropics of South Africa

@inproceedings{Plessis2004EffectOC,
  title={Effect of chronological age of beef steers of different maturity types on their growth and carcass characteristics when finished on natural pastures in the arid subtropics of South Africa},
  author={Isabelle du Plessis and Louw Christiaan Hoffman},
  year={2004}
}
In the arid sweetveld regions of South Africa producers are marketing beef steers increasingly as long weaners (ca. 12 months of age) or finishing them on the natural grazing to a ready-to-slaughter stage at between 18 and 30 months of age. Limited production norms in this regard are available since most growth and carcass studies have been conducted in the sourveld regions of the country. In this study steers from four different beef maturity types which differ in body frame size were used… CONTINUE READING