Animal Science Department

 

Date of this Version

2019

Citation

2019 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report

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Copyright © The Board Regents of the University of Nebraska.

Abstract

Steers were finished on either a corn control, 40% full-fat modified distillers grains plus solubles, 40% de-oiled modified distillers grains plus solubles, or 38% de-oiled modified distillers grains plus solubles plus 2% corn oil diet to evaluate the effects of dietary fat source on the mechanism of beef tenderization . Feeding modified distillers grains plus solubles increased polyunsaturated fatty acid content in the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane and increased free Ca2+ concentration early postmortem. Steaks from cattle fed de-oiled modified distillers grains and de-oiled modified distillers grains plus corn oil were more tender at 2 d of aging when compared to corn control diet. These data indicate that feeding modified distillers grains plus solubles to cattle has the potential to increase beef tenderness early postmortem in comparison to corn diets.

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