A Possible Role of the Leptin assay in assessing carcass fat and composition in beef cattle
The opportunity to modify body composition through selection or management can help cattle producers and feeders produce beef that more consistently meets the expectations of consumers. Circulating levels of leptin provide an indicator of adiposity in live animals and thus may facilitate more appropriate feeding and marketing management strategies. Further research is needed to discern predictors of carcass value than can be applied before harvest.
Geary, T.W., E.L. McFadin-Buff, M.D. MacNeil, R.N. Funston, R.E. Short, E.E. Grings, and D.H. Keisler."A possible role of the leptin assay in assessing carcass fat and composition in beef cattle." Journal of Animal Science 79, Supplement 2 (2001): 125.
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