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Title: Proposal for standard methods and procedure for Guinea pig carcass evaluation, jointing and tissue separation
Authors: Sánchez Macías,Davinia 
Castro, Noemí 
Rivero, Miguel A. 
Argüello, Anastasio 
Morales-Delanuez, Antonio
UNESCO Clasification: 3109 Ciencias veterinarias
Keywords: Guinea pig
Carcass
Jointing
Tissue distribution
Cavia porcellus
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: 0971-2119
Journal: Journal of Applied Animal Research 
Abstract: The South American guinea pig rodent has become a livestock animal acceptable for human consumption in different parts of the world. Its white meat has a great potential as a new protein source, and its social and economic importance for different human populations is considered key for development. Scarce data are found in the literature when the statistical livestock information is checked, and few researches have been done about morphological characteristics of guinea pigs carcasses. These works do not follow the same procedures, using different criteria, overall the jointing, making it difficult to compare different studies. The aim of the present study is to suggest a practical and normalized method to analyse the guinea pig carcass characteristics allowing their evaluation. It describes the main traits to be considered from the birth of the animal to the carcass analysis. This work concerns: (1) growth, feeding, pre-slaughter and slaughter processing, (2) method for the definition, hanging and presentation of the carcass, (3) carcass morphological characteristics, (4) jointing procedure based on four anatomically defined regions, (5) methods for evaluating meat pH and colour and (6) method for tissue separation. This proposal could be useful to compare data of these animals under different conditions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/47832
ISSN: 0971-2119
DOI: 10.1080/09712119.2015.1006234
Source: Journal of Applied Animal Research [ISSN 0971-2119], v. 44 (1), p. 65-70
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