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Impact of Feeding Cover Crops Forage Containing Brassicas to Steers during Backgrounding on Palatability Attributes of Beef Strip Steaks

Post-weaning management practices can both positively and negatively impact palatability traits. Little research has been conducted on the backgrounding phase of production, and even less has evaluated the viability of cover crops as a background diet option. Fresh forages such as cover crops are high in vitamins D and E and could thus influence fresh meat quality characteristics. Commonly, these cover crops are used as a low-cost forage for mature cows to extend the grazing season. However, the use of cover crops as a feedstuff for weaned calves has been explored by producers, with little research to evaluate the potential impacts on meat quality and palatability.

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