Quantcast feed/water withholding before slaughter


Author Topic: feed/water withholding before slaughter  (Read 1551 times)

Offline knabe

  • National Champion Poster
  • **********
  • Posts: 13050
  • Karma 354
    • View Profile
feed/water withholding before slaughter
« on: August 09, 2009, 01:15:21 PM »
found conflicting info on traditional feed withholding before slaughter.

what is everyone's thoughts on this?  article below is for hogs.


ONLY concern is carcass quality, not trying to affect carcass weights or anything else.

i guess if one is charged on the hot weight for cutting and wrapping it may mean something or nothing if cost is passed along.

here's a link for cattle.

Withholding feed from cattle decreased weights of ruminal dry matter, organic matter, and fiber rapidly for the first 24 h and more slowly thereafter. However, water displaced much of this ruminal dry matter so that total weight of ruminal contents was not decreased consistently by a 24-h fast. Withholding feed for 24 h prior to harvest should decrease the quantity of organic matter at packing plants by about 50%. However, adverse effects on carcass quality may make feed withdrawals costly.
"The generation that told us to question authority, has now become the Authority we cannot question!"

Offline Telos

  • County Champion Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 2267
  • Karma 84
    • View Profile
Re: feed/water withholding before slaughter
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 02:50:22 PM »

Sounds like there would be considerable savings on both sides, the feeders and slaughter facilities. I guess another trial study would determine if this would effect qaulity of carcasses.
Jack Jabara


Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
13 Replies
Last post September 22, 2008, 06:17:33 PM
by txshowlamb
6 Replies
Last post January 21, 2009, 11:14:03 AM
by vc
8 Replies
Last post September 25, 2012, 10:28:21 PM
by knabe
6 Replies
Last post March 30, 2013, 08:24:46 AM
by Stockman Genetics
6 Replies
Last post April 22, 2014, 12:30:25 PM
by vc

Powered by EzPortal