WHAT PLACE HAS PIEDMONTESE IN THE
AUSTRALIAN BEEF INDUSTRY?
|The Piedmontese breed is one
of the best crossbreeding alternatives in the world today because of its
ability to produce higher dressing percentages while still maintaining
ample milk production.
Muscle hyperplasia is passed on in the first cross, meaning
that even a 50% Piedmontese will exhibit significantly more red meat with
less waste in the form of fat and bone. This means MORE $$$’S FOR
|Also, it shows the industry to be
responsive to improving the HEALTH OF CONSUMERS through the
Piedmontese’s lean meat - LOW CHOLESTEROL characteristics.
The easy calving nature of the Piedmontese is due to the
effects of the Muscle Hyperplasia being delayed until 4-6 weeks after birth.
Cow and her third calf - 1 day old.
The docility, mothering ability and very good milk
production (2500kg, milk per year, in ITALY) are also dominant traits in
the crossbred F1 female.
The HYBRID VIGOUR
achieved by crossing with the moderately sized Piedmontese is outstanding.
Whilst Piedmontese are not bos Indicus, its early influence has allowed
the carrying down of sweat glands in significant numbers as well as black
skin pigment and hooded eyes which are most desirable traits for
Australia’s often harsh climate.