Why Holstein?

 

Our corn-fed Holstein beef tastes richer and sweeter than most of the traditional beef breeds...it's also LEANER (yielding 25-30% less trimmable fat) making it attractive to calorie-conscience consumers.(1)

Things to know about Holstein beef:

  • Most of the sub-primal cuts require little or no trimming to get them down to the ¼” trim level. In cutting tests, retailers have been amazed that Holstein steers deliver 3% - 7% more sellable meat to the consumer than traditional beef breeds.
  • Holsteins represent the largest, most homogenous group of cattle in the beef industry.
  • Industry graders commonly indicate that Holstein steers generally have higher marbling scores than beef breeds. (Marbling is the amount of intramuscular fat that the animal has. Marbling is partly responsible for the flaver and tenderness of beef cuts.)
  • Holsteins tend to marble well since fat accumulates inside the muscle instead of outside.

1) Dvorak, Norval. 1991. Opportunities for marketing Holstein beef. In: The Proceedings of the Holstein Beef Production Symposium. Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY. p. 1-5.

 

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