The Intensity of MLLT Area Changes and Development of the Selected Body Parts Muscling in Bulls and Heifers of Blonded’ Aquitaine Cattle and its Crossbreeds During Rearing Period

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PDepartment of Animal Husbandry, Czech University of Life Sciences, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Prague 6–Suchdol, Czech Republic

Abstract

The objective of this work was to determine the effect of sex, breed and birth season of calves on intensity of MLLT (musculus longissimus lumborum et thoracis) area changes and development of the selected body parts in bulls and heifers of Blonde d´Aquitaine (BA) cattle during rearing period. Two generations of bulls (n=63) and heifers (n=68) of Blonde d´Aquitaine (n=61) and crossbreds C×BA (C-Czech Fleckvieh) (n=70) born from December 2004 to June 2006 were evaluated. MLLT area measurements and subjective evaluations of 3 basic body areas muscling (shoulder, back and rump) on live animals were performed at 120, 210 and 365 days of animal age. Statistically significant differences were determined in shoulder, back, and rump muscling in relation to animal sex in favor of bulls at 120 and 210 days of age (P

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