Animal Science, Department of


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Published in 2021 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, University of Nebraska Extension Publication MP110


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Acidosis is one of the most common nutritional disorders found in commercial feedlots. Cattle diets with high concentrations of starch can cause rapid production of acids in the rumen, disrupting microbial fermentation, causing liver abscess formation, and lowering livestock performance. This study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between the occurrence of liver abscesses and beef tenderness early postmortem. Results showed numerically lesser shear force values (greater tenderness) in loins from animals without liver abscesses, however, this was not statistically significant for slice shear force or Warner- Bratzler shear force. Although the effects of liver abscess occurrence in relation to meat quality are still unclear, results from this study provide a conceptual foundation for additional research to be explored on meat quality.