Dairy Beef Quality Assurance
Do Reproductive Hormone Injections in Dairy Cows Cause Significant Edible Tissue Damage?
Keywords:hormone injections, beef quality, dairy industry, animal handling, feed animal
The effects of reproductive hormone injections on beef quality and tenderness in dairy cows have not been well-described. The dilemma in Beef Quality Assurance for the dairy industry is the difficulty of injecting in front of the shoulder when animal handling facilities often include headlocks only. Using information about muscle damage caused by injections of reproductive hormones, producers, and veterinarians can make better decisions about injection practices which adequately balance meat quality with human safety.