Dark Cutters (DFD)

Dark cutting beef is caused by a combination of factors which stress the animal and deplete glycogen (muscle energy source) from it's muscle. Some of the factors which contribute to dark cutting and make cattle more susceptible are:

Preventing DFD (Dark, Firm, Dry meat) in Cattle.

  1. DO NOT mix strange cattle together prior to slaughter at the plant. Fighting increases dark cutting.

  2. Handle animals quietly and reduce or eliminate electric prod usage.

  3. Unload trucks promptly.

  4. Cattle should not be held overnight in the stockyards at the plant.

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