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wasty


Excessive accumulation of fat.
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heart girth


Circumference of the animal's body, measured just behind the shoulders.
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hand mating


Bringing a female to a male for breeding, after which she is removed from the area where the male is located (same as hand breeding).
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Dressing percentage


Percentage of the live animal weight that becomes the carcass weight at slaughter.  It is determined by dividing the carcass weight by the liveweight then multiplying by 100.  Also referred to as yield.
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finishing ration


Feedlot ration, usually high in energy, that is fed during the latter part of the feeding period.
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controlled grazing


Grazing management designed to improve utilization of forage either by 1) allocating pasture in subunits with grazing periods typically less than 5 days or 2) varying stocking rate to match forage growth rate and availability (put-and-take stocking).
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Stocking density


The number of animals, animal units or total animal liveweight present at a particular point in time on a defined area (paddock).  Stocking density is usually defined on a per-acre basis.
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closed herd


Herd in which no outside breeding stock (cattle) are introduced.
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corpus luteum


Yellowish body in the ovary.  The cells that were follicular cells develop into the corpus luteum, which secretes progesterone.  It becomes yellow in color from the yellow lipids that are in the cells.
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retail cuts


Cuts of beef in sizes that are purchased by the consumer.
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