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Keywords:

  • Meat quality;
  • muscle biochemistry;
  • histochemistry;
  • meat colour;
  • castration

Abstract

Male cattle were emasculated by total castration, vasectomy or immunocastration and one group was left entire. The effects of the treatments on meat quality related parameters were examined. Dark cutting beef was undetected in the steers and occurred at only very low levels in the other male types. Steers had histochemical profiles significantly different from those of the other male types. Total castration seems to produce more profound physiological changes than vasectomy and immunocastration.