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Table 2 Meat sensory scores for the different groups of animals

From: The GENOTEND chip: a new tool to analyse gene expression in muscles of beef cattle for beef quality prediction

   Initial tenderness Overall tenderness
Animal group Number of animals Mean ± SD Min-max Mean ± SD Min-max
Young bulls slaughtered year 1 25 5.45 ± 1.004 3.35–7.38 5.00 ± 1.115 3.11-7.10
Steers slaughtered year 1 21 5.82 ± 0.912 4.10-7.10 5.39 ± 0.949 3.55-6.89
Young bulls slaughtered year 2 30 4.64 ± 0.544 3.27-5.71 4.54 ± 0.621 3.04-5.49
Steers slaughtered year 2 19 4.54 ± 0.643 3.55-5.63 4.47 ± 0.793 3.23-6.05
  1. Initial tenderness and overall tenderness were scored within a gender x year on 10-point scales: from 1 (tough) to 10 (tender).