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Northern producers reported that their market options had increased as a result of incorporating Angus genetics into their breeding programs.

The adoption of MSA grading by the major meat processors in Queensland and some markets requiring a minimum level of Bos taurus content were cited as key drivers for the increased use of Angus genetics.

Markets for Angus branded products have also grown significantly and has been a significant factor in driving premiums for Angus cattle. Premiums of 20 cents/kg or more have been cited for Angus or Angus influenced progeny over animals with no Angus content.

The positive impact on Bos indicus herds was evidenced in the northern crossbreeding program in the CRC for Cattle and Beef Quality which saw several British, European and tropically adapted cattle breeds joined to over 1000 Brahman females to measure effects of breed on carcass traits and meat quality. Results from this trial (Burrow, 2002, ‘Improving carcase and beef quality in Bos indicus through crossbreeding) indicate that Angus bulls crossed with Brahman females had;

  • The highest MQ4 score (MSA meat quality score encompassing tenderness, juiciness, flavour and overall liking) for the domestic market.
  • The highest Intramuscular fat % (related to marbling score) for both heifers and steers,
  • The lowest ossification scores (i.e. physiological maturity)
  • The most tender beef which was measured through the lowest shear force,
  • Improved finishing (i.e. the highest P8 fats) for the domestic, Korean and Japanese markets.