The Possibilities of Exploiting Double Muscling of Cattle in UK Beef Production

  • B. M. Scott
Part of the Current Topics in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science book series (CTVM, volume 16)


There is very little experience in the UK of the double muscled condition on which to draw in discussing its possible exploitation.

It is assumed here that double muscled animals have very desirable carcases but may be difficult and therefore expensive to produce.

In the UK, both dairy and suckler herds contribute to beef supplies. Since circumstances vary between them they should be considered separately.

Dairy herds aim to produce the maximum yield of milk/cow with as low a labour input as possible. Difficult calvings and delays in getting cows in calf again are to be avoided. Although British farmers have had the opportunity to use selected Charolais and other continental beef breed bulls for some time, the level of use remains low, and it seems unlikely that they would react differently to the availability of double- muscled bulls of the same or even smaller breeds.

On the other, hand, suckled calf producers make much use of continental breed bulls. If the meat trade showed willingness to pay worthwhile premiums no doubt double muscled bulls would also be used, so long as they proved able to work under farm conditions.


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Il existe peu d’expériences au Royaume-Uni sur l’existence du caracfère oulard qui permettent une disoussion sur ses possibilités d’exploitation. Nous admettrons que les animaux oulard ont des oarcasses tris reoherohees mais sont diffioiles et tres coüteux á produire.

Au Royaume-Uni, à la fois les troupeaux laitiers et les troupeaux allaitants contribuent à la fourniture de la viande bovine. Pour des raisons variées, ils ont été considérés séparément.

L’objeotif des troupeaux laitiers est de produire le maximum de lait par vache aveo le minimum de main d1oeuvre possible. Les diffioultes de velage et les retards de fecondation sont a eviter. Bien que ces eleveurs britanniques aient l’opportunite d’utiliser des taureaux charolais sélectionnes et des taureaux d’autres races à viande continentales3 leur niveau d’utilisation reste faible, et il est peu vraisemblable quHls reagissent différemment pour accepter les taureaux culards des meme races ou méme de plus petites races.

D’un autre coté les éleveurs de vaches allaitantes utilisent beaucoup plus les taureaux de races à viande continentales. Si le négoce de la viande etait dispose a surpayer les carcasses de bovins culards, il ne fait aucun doute que des taureaux culards seraient utilises dans la mesvcre ou ils montreront qu’ils sont capables d’assurev les saillies dans les conditions de ces élevages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. M. Scott
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  1. 1.Fisheries and Food Agricultural Development and Advisory SectionMinistry of AgricultureBristolEngland

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