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$5 ultrasound can determine calf quality

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OPELOUSAS, La. (KNOE 8 New/AP) - An LSU AgCenter researcher says that a $5 ultrasound scan can let buyers know if a bull calf has the quality they want for beef, and can help sellers get a better price at the sale barn.

Cattle researcher Tim Page says the best time for the scans is during the calf's first year, but after weaning.

Page says calves with too little intramuscular fat will never be able to make up that deficiency.

He showed how the procedure works recently at the Acadiana Cattle Producers Fall Field Day in Opelousas.

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