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Minhota breed cattle: Carcass characterisation and meat quality affected by sex and slaughter age

AuthorsAraujo, J. P.; Lorenzo, José M.; Vázquez, José Antonio ; Pires, P.; Cantalapiedra, J.; Franco, Daniel
KeywordsChemical composition
Minhota bovine breed
Morphological carcass
Issue Date2016
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
CitationAnimal Production Science 56(12): 2086-2092 (2016)
AbstractThis work focuses on the effect of slaughter age (6 and 9 months) and sex on carcass characteristics and meat quality of the Minhota cattle breed. In this study, data from 52 cattle (34 entire males and 18 females) were used for the carcass and meat characterisation. Regarding carcass characteristics, entire male carcasses (158 kg and 223 kg for animals of 6 and 9 months, respectively), were heavier than female carcasses (130 kg and 161 kg for animals of 6 and 9 months, respectively), with better dressing percentages, increased lengths, thicknesses and depths and compactness indexes. The quality of meat from carcasses of both entire males and females had strong luminosity (L*), a pale pink tone (lower a*-value) and high yellowness. Mean tenderness of Longissimus thoracis, expressed as shear force, was below 5.5 kg/cm2, without significant differences (P > 0.05) between either the slaughter age or sex
Description7 páginas, 2 tablas
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14989
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