Heritabilities and correlations between traits in Hereford steers

TitleHeritabilities and correlations between traits in Hereford steers
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1963
AuthorsSciacca CEugene
Number of Pages75
Date Published1963
UniversityNew Mexico State University
CityLas Cruces, New Mexico
Thesis TypeM.S. Thesispp
Call Number00576
Keywordscattle, genetics, cattle, management, cattle, productivity, dissertation, dissertations, genetics,cattle, productivity, also SEE <CATTLE>, theses, thesis
AbstractSeventy-eight weanling Hereford steers were randomized by sires and weight into 10 lots form 1960 to 1962. After a feeding period of about 224 days, the steers were weighed, various body measurements were taken, and the steers slaughtered by lots. Slaughter and carcass data were obtained. Simple correlations and two sets of partial correlations independent of slaughter age and slaughter weight were computed within yearlots. Slaughter weight, slaughter grade, and circumference of chest were highly related to most live and carcass traits, slaughter weight being the most important measure of pounds of retail trimmed high priced cuts. Among carcass characters, weight and grade measurements were found to be most indicative of carcass merit, with carcass weight exerting the greatest influence on most carcass traits.