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Title: Effects of diet and live weight at slaughter on kid meat quality
Authors: Argüello, A. 
Castro, N. 
Capote, J. 
Solomon, M.
Keywords: Muscle-Fiber Types
Carcass
Goats
Attributes
Lamb, et al
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: 0309-1740
Journal: Meat Science 
Abstract: Forty male twin kids of the Majorera breed were used in a 2 x 2 design, in which the diet, suckled on dam (SD) or milk replacer (MR) and live weight at slaughter (6 or 10 kg) were the main variables. Muscle pH and colour (CIE, L*a*b*) were determined in the longissimus (LD), semimembranosus (SM) and triceps brachii (TB) muscles, immediately after slaughter and chilling (24 h). Water-holding capacity, shear force, chemical composition (moisture, fat, protein and collagen content and solubility) were determined. Muscle fibre populations were alsostudied. SD kid meat was slightly more tender and juicy, and the Chroma value was lower than in MR animals. The meat from the kids that were slaughtered at 10 kg was significantly darker in all muscles tested and slightly less tender 6 kg LWS kid meat had more moisture and less protein than that of 10 kg LWS kids. Muscle fibre area was statistically higher in the 10-kg LWS kids. It was concluded that the meat quality of the heavier kids was not significantly different from that of the lighter kids and that slaughter at the greater weight would result in more meat being marketed. (c) 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/47895
ISSN: 0309-1740
DOI: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2004.12.009
Source: Meat Science[ISSN 0309-1740],v. 70, p. 173-179
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