reducing cattle shrink

Forum: Reducing Cattle Shrink

Published on: 10/23/2012
Author/s : Craig Richardson, Animal Care Specialist/OMAFRA
Shrink results from the stress cattle experience during processing, transporting and marketing, costing both the buyer and the seller. Reducing the stress placed on the cattle during this time will help reduce losses to the value of marketed cattle caused by shrinkage. Cattle in all age, weight and finish ranges may experience the two kinds of shrink - fill shrink and tissue shrink. Fill shrink, ...
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Drmuhammad Shafique Drmuhammad Shafique
Veterinary Doctor
October 23, 2012

It is very refined form of livestock management being practiced in advanced country but it is less possible in our country like Pakistan.

Saurabh Laskar Saurabh Laskar
PhD in Animal Production and Management
November 17, 2012

I think the extent of shrinkage due to transportation will vary on mode of transport - by truck/ railway wagon / on hoof, management practices adopted during journey, climatic condition etc. Long term transportation stress w result in degradation of meat quality i.e. Dark Firm Dry ( DFD) condition of meat. The author is requested to put some light on the nutritional supplement, which can be used to prevent the loss of meat quality.

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