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ImagineThat 11-08-2010 03:08 PM

Super cows?????
 
I came across this video, and was.... shocked. That does not look comfortable/healthy/natural.... anything.

What do you think?


lacyloo 11-08-2010 03:17 PM

Reminds me of some halter horses..

Arksly 11-08-2010 03:19 PM

Wow.. That doesn't look comfortable at all.

ImagineThat 11-08-2010 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by lacyloo (Post 809336)
Reminds me of some halter horses..


That is what I thought... just didn't wanna be the one to say it. :)

ImagineThat 11-08-2010 03:24 PM

And I just wonder... the man says it's "natural", and selective breeding. But how do you have that kind of muscle just standing around eating? Or did I miss something...

Zeke 11-08-2010 03:52 PM

I've seen this before and am pretty sure it's a genetic disorder that can occur in other animals as well. If thats true then yes, it can be bred for. I'm sure it has something to do with abnormal testosterone levels.
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wyominggrandma 11-08-2010 03:59 PM

They are called Belgian Bleu. Bred for the double muscling that you see. Calves have to be taken C Section as they are too big to be born natural.

smrobs 11-08-2010 04:30 PM

Yep, it is like a genetic kink that causes the double muscling. It happens occasionally in every species (even humans), but they decided to breed specifically for it to up the meat production from fewer animals. It looks grotesque to us but most of the animals don't seem to suffer from any issues (other than requiring a c-section delivery), and they are obviously well cared for. But, yes, they do remind me of halter horses.

A knack for horses 11-08-2010 04:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 809368)
I've seen this before and am pretty sure it's a genetic disorder that can occur in other animals as well. If thats true then yes, it can be bred for. I'm sure it has something to do with abnormal testosterone levels.
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Yes there is a disorder that causes uncontrolled growth of the muscles, which is the case here. I can't think of the name of it. Yes this completely could be the product of selective breeding for that specific defect.

ImagineThat 11-08-2010 08:11 PM

Hmmm interesting. I still think it looks gross LOL

Now, would they have to be inbred to get this double muscle?? Is "selective breeding" a nice way of saying inbred? hehe :) I'm not sure how I feel about breeding these guys just to make more meat...


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