Carcass performance of Simmental and Holstein Friesian beef cattle in Serbia
A b s t r a c t: The aim of this study was to determine the slaughter weight, hot carcass weight, cold carcass weight, dressing percentage, chilling loss, forequarter weight, hindquarter weight and participation of forequarters and hindquarters of the beef cattle breeds Simmental (males, females and cattle from repurchase) and Holstein Friesian. A total of 100 animals were studied. After slaughter, carcass parameters were measured individually. The results show that the Holstein Friesian cattle had a significantly lower (p<0.01) average slaughter weight, hot carcass weight, cold carcass weight and dressing percentage than Simmental beef cattle. Also, females had a significantly lower average cold carcass weight than males (p<0.05). Male Simmental beef cattle had significantly higher (p<0.01) average forequarter and hindquarter weights than female Simmental beef cattle and Holstein Friesian cattle.