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A M Castilhos, C L Francisco, R H Branco, S F M Bonilha, M E Z Mercadante, P R L Meirelles, C M Pariz, A M Jorge
Evaluation of the body chemical composition of beef cattle can only be measured postmortem and those data cannot be used in real production scenarios to adjust nutritional plans. The objective of this study was to develop multiple linear regression equations from in vivo measurements, such as ultrasound parameters [backfat thickness (uBFT, mm), rump fat thickness (uRF, mm), and ribeye area (uLMA, cm2)], shrunk body weight (SBW, kg), age (AG, d), hip height (HH, m), as well as from postmortem measurements (composition of the 9th to 11th rib section) to predict the empty body and carcass chemical composition for Nellore cattle...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Luiz Antonio Silva Figueiredo Filho, José Lindenberg Rocha Sarmento, José Elivalto Guimarães Campelo, Marcos Jacob de Oliveira Almeida, Antonio de Sousa Júnior, Natanael Pereira da Silva Santos, Márcio da Silva Costa, Tatiana Saraiva Torres, Luciano Silva Sena
Objective: The aim of this study was to estimate (co) variance components and genetic parameters for categorical carcass traits using Bayesian inference via mixed linear and threshold animal models in Anglonubian goats. Methods: Data were obtained from Anglonubian goats reared in the Brazilian Mid-North region. The traits in study were body condition score, marbling in the rib eye, ribeye area, fat thickness of the sternum, hip height, leg perimeter, and body weight...
March 2, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
E K Niedermayer, O N Genther-Schroeder, D D Loy, S L Hansen
To determine the effects of trace mineral supplementation and hormone implant strategy on growth and carcass characteristics of cattle, 72 Angus-cross steers (388 ± 17 kg) were blocked by BW (6 steers per pen) to a 2 × 3 factorial. Factors included growth stimulating implant (GS): d 0 with Component TE-IS, reimplanted d 56 with Component TE-200 (IMP) or no implant (NoIMP), and TM supplementation (TM): no supplemental TM (CON), TM supplemented at national (NAESM, 2016) recommendations of 10 Cu, 30 Zn, 20 Mn, 0...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
P P A Oliveira, R R S Corte, S L Silva, P H M Rodriguez, L S Sakamoto, A F Pedroso, R R Tullio, A Berndt
This study was carried out to evaluate the effects of four levels of intensification of grazing systems: 1) degraded pasture - DP; 2) irrigated pasture with high stocking rate - IHS; 3) dryland pasture with high stocking rate - DHS; 4) dryland pasture with moderate stocking rate - DMS; on growth, muscle development and meat quality of Nellore steers (271±2.2kg of live body weight - BW; 15months old) during two consecutive periods (17 and 15months). The final BW, the average daily BW gain, the hot carcass weight and the dress percentage were greater (P<0...
February 7, 2018: Meat Science
Lars Becker, Michael E Schnee, Mamiko Niwa, Willy Sun, Stephan Maxeiner, Sara Talaei, Bechara Kachar, Mark A Rutherford, Anthony J Ricci
The ribbon is the structural hallmark of cochlear inner hair cell (IHC) afferent synapses, yet its role in information transfer to spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) remains unclear. We investigated the ribbon's contribution to IHC synapse formation and function using KO mice lacking RIBEYE. Despite loss of the entire ribbon structure, synapses retained their spatiotemporal development and KO mice had a mild hearing deficit. IHCs of KO had fewer synaptic vesicles and reduced exocytosis in response to brief depolarization; a high stimulus level rescued exocytosis in KO...
January 12, 2018: ELife
Philippe Jean, David Lopez de la Morena, Susann Michanski, Lina María Jaime Tobón, Rituparna Chakrabarti, Maria Magdalena Picher, Jakob Neef, SangYong Jung, Mehmet Gültas, Stephan Maxeiner, Andreas Neef, Carolin Wichmann, Nicola Strenzke, Chad Grabner, Tobias Moser
We studied the role of the synaptic ribbon for sound encoding at the synapses between inner hair cells (IHCs) and spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in mice lacking RIBEYE (RBEKO/KO). Electron and immunofluorescence microscopy revealed a lack of synaptic ribbons and an assembly of several small active zones (AZs) at each synaptic contact. Spontaneous and sound-evoked firing rates of SGNs and their compound action potential were reduced, indicating impaired transmission at ribbonless IHC-SGN synapses. The temporal precision of sound encoding was impaired and the recovery of SGN-firing from adaptation indicated slowed synaptic vesicle (SV) replenishment...
January 12, 2018: ELife
Gebreslassie Gebru, Desta Tekle, Shumuye Belay
The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of supplementation of indigenous browse tree pods on nutrient intake, digestibility, weight gain, and carcass parameters of local Abergelle rams fed grass hay as a basal diet. This experiment was conducted at the Abergelle Agricultural Research Center farm in Tigray region, northern Ethiopia. Experimental rams were grouped according to their initial body weight (17.4 ± 0.95 kg) in a randomized complete block design into three treatments and six replications...
March 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Lucas S Torati, Hervé Migaud, Mary K Doherty, Justyna Siwy, Willian Mullen, Pedro E C Mesquita, Amaya Albalat
Parental investment in Arapaima gigas includes nest building and guarding, followed by a care provision when a cephalic fluid is released from the parents' head to the offspring. This fluid has presumably important functions for the offspring but so far its composition has not been characterised. In this study the proteome and peptidome of the cephalic secretion was studied in parental and non-parental fish using capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS) and GeLC-MS/MS analyses. Multiple comparisons revealed 28 peptides were significantly different between males and parental males (PC-males), 126 between females and parental females (PC-females), 51 between males and females and 9 between PC-males and PC-females...
2017: PloS One
Yue Zheng, Shizhi Wang, Peishi Yan
Objective: This study compared the meat quality, muscle fiber characteristics, and fatty acids between Jinjiang yellow cattle (JJ) and F1 Simmental × Jinjiang yellow cattle (SJ) which were offered the same diet. Methods: Six JJ and six SJ individuals were reared and fattened from 10 to 26 months of age. After feeding, the highrib (HR), ribeye (RB) and tenderloin (TL) samples were taken from the carcass for meat quality evaluations. Results: The results showed that growth performance of SJ was higher than that of JJ (higher live weight and average daily gain), and the hot carcass weight of SJ was higher than that of JJ (P < 0...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
L Piaggio, G Quintans, R San Julián, G Ferreira, J Ithurralde, S Fierro, A S C Pereira, F Baldi, G E Banchero
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of the energy restriction of gestation of adult ewes from day 45 to day 115 on lamb live performance parameters, carcass and meat traits. In experiment I, dietary energy was restricted at 70% of the metabolizable energy (ME) requirements, after which ewes were re-fed ad libitum until lambing. In experiment II, dietary energy was restricted at 60% of the ME requirements, and ewes were re-fed to ME requirements until lambing. All ewes grazed together from the end of the restriction periods to weaning...
July 24, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Bárbara Silva-Vignato, Luiz L Coutinho, Aline S M Cesar, Mirele D Poleti, Luciana C A Regitano, Júlio C C Balieiro
BACKGROUND: Commercial cuts yield is an important trait for beef production, which affects the final value of the products, but its direct determination is a challenging procedure to be implemented in practice. The measurement of ribeye area (REA) and backfat thickness (BFT) can be used as indirect measures of meat yield. REA and BFT are important traits studied in beef cattle due to their strong implication in technological (carcass yield) and nutritional characteristics of meat products, like the degree of muscularity and total body fat...
July 3, 2017: BMC Genomics
Chan Sung Chung, Woong Ki Cho, In Seok Jang, Sung Sill Lee, Yea Hwang Moon
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to compare growth performance, blood components and carcass traits by two feeding systems (concentrate with roughage separately [CON] vs total mixed ration [TMR]) in Hanwoo steers, and to learn the relationship between blood components during fattening or finishing phases and carcass traits in Hanwoo steers. METHODS: Sixty steers aged 8 months were allotted to two feeding systems and fed similar amounts of average dry matter and total digestible nutrient throughout whole experimental period according to each feeding program...
August 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
D C Marquez, M F Paulino, L N Rennó, F C Villadiego, R M Ortega, D S Moreno, L S Martins, D M de Almeida, M P Gionbelli, M R Manso, L P Melo, F H Moura, M S Duarte
The appropriate supply of nutrients in pregnant cows has been associated with the optimal development of foetal tissues, performance of their progeny and their meat quality. The aim of this study was to evaluate supplementation effects of grazing cows in different stages of gestation on skeletal muscle development and performance of the progeny. Thereby, 27 Nellore cows were divided into three groups (n=9 for each group) and their progeny as follows: UNS, unsupplemented during gestation; MID, supplemented from 30 to 180 days of gestation; LATE, supplemented from 181 to 281 days of gestation...
June 2, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
K P Ochsner, M D MacNeil, R M Lewis, M L Spangler
The objective of this study was to develop an economic selection index for Beefmaster cattle in a terminal production system where bulls are mated to mature cows with all resulting progeny harvested. National average prices from 2010 to 2014 were used to establish income and expenses for the system. Phenotypic and genetic parameter values among the selection criteria and goal traits were obtained from literature. Economic values were estimated by simulating 100,000 animals and approximating the partial derivatives of the profit function by perturbing traits one at a time, by 1 unit, while holding the other traits constant at their respective means...
March 2017: Journal of Animal Science
A S de Mello, T P Ringkob, Y Yeh
Water Pocket (WP) is a defect on beef that may lead to significant economic losses. Our hypothesis is that longer spray-chilling time increases WP incidence on ribeyes (M. longissimus thoracis). Ribeyes (28,801) were visually evaluated for the presence of WP after 24 or 72h of spray chilling. Additionally, 252 beef sides were evaluated prior to chilling to predict WP development after 24h of spray chilling. Also, the 12th rib fat thickness was measured on 313 sides and the sides were assigned to two categories of WP or no WP to evaluate fat thickness as an indicator for WP...
July 2017: Meat Science
M E Buzanskas, P S Pires, T C S Chud, P A Bernardes, L D Rola, R P Savegnago, R B Lôbo, D P Munari
The aim of this study was to estimate genetic parameters for scrotal circumference at 365 (SC365) and 450 (SC450) days of age, age at first calving (AFC), ribeye area (REA), backfat (BF) thickness, and rump fat (RF) thickness, in order to provide information on potential traits for Nelore cattle breeding program. Genetic parameters were estimated using the Average Information Restricted Maximum Likelihood method in single- and multitrait analyses. Four different animal models were tested for SC365, SC450, REA, BF, and RF in single-trait analyses...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
Karin Schwarz, Frank Schmitz
Synaptic ribbons are needed for fast and continuous exocytosis in ribbon synapses. RIBEYE is a main protein component of synaptic ribbons and is necessary to build the synaptic ribbon. RIBEYE consists of a unique A-domain and a carboxyterminal B-domain, which binds NAD(H). Within the presynaptic terminal, the synaptic ribbons are in physical contact with large numbers of synaptic vesicle (SV)s. How this physical contact between ribbons and synaptic vesicles is established at a molecular level is not well understood...
March 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
Anna Fasoli, James Dang, Jeffrey S Johnson, Aaron H Gouw, Alex Fogli Iseppe, Andrew T Ishida
Dopamine- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunopositive cells (TH cells) modulate visually driven signals as they flow through retinal photoreceptor, bipolar, and ganglion cells. Previous studies suggested that TH cells release dopamine from varicose axons arborizing in the inner and outer plexiform layers after glutamatergic synapses depolarize TH cell dendrites in the inner plexiform layer and these depolarizations propagate to the varicosities. Although it has been proposed that these excitatory synapses are formed onto appendages resembling dendritic spines, spines have not been found on TH cells of most species examined to date or on TH cell somata that release dopamine when exposed to glutamate receptor agonists...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
G A Fernandes Júnior, R B Costa, G M F de Camargo, R Carvalheiro, G J M Rosa, F Baldi, D A Garcia, D G M Gordo, R Espigolan, L Takada, A F B Magalhães, T Bresolin, F L B Feitosa, L A L Chardulo, H N de Oliveira, L G de Albuquerque
Carcass traits measured after slaughter are economically relevant traits in beef cattle. In general, the slaughter house payment system is based on HCW. Ribeye area (REA) is associated with the amount of the meat in the carcass, and a minimum of backfat thickness (BFT) is necessary to protect the carcass during cooling. The aim of this study was to identify potential genomic regions harboring candidate genes affecting those traits in Nellore cattle. The data set used in the present study consisted of 1,756 Nellore males with phenotype records...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
O N Genther-Schroeder, M E Branine, S L Hansen
Previous research indicates that finishing steer ADG and G:F increases linearly with increasing dietary Zn-amino acid complex (ZnAA) supplementation in cattle fed ractopamine hydrochloride (RAC). The objective of this study was to determine the influence of supplemental Zn-amino acid complex on growth performance and carcass characteristics of finishing steers fed RAC for 0, 28, or 42 d prior to harvest. This study was organized as 2 groups (GRP) of steers fed concurrently, for 91 (GRP 1) or 84 d (GRP 2). A total of 324 steers (463 ± 23...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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