Sex influence on muscle yield and physiochemical characteristics of common eland (Taurotragus oryx) meat
|Kateg. publikace||Vědecké publikace impaktované|
To investigate the potential of the common eland for meat production, the muscle yield, physical meat quality and chemical composition of seven muscles were characterized from both male (n = 6) and female (n = 6) carcasses. Cows had greater biceps femoris, semitendinosus and supraspinatus muscle yields relative to their carcass weight, and the effect of muscle on drip loss, a* (redness) and b* (yellowness) colour of the fresh meat depended on the sex of the animal. Muscle effects were observed for all other meat quality parameters and chemical composition values, and thus more informed decisions regarding the use of individual eland muscles for further processing can be made based on this data. Meat tenderness (Warner-Bratzler shear force) showed large variation between muscles (65.5 to 97.6 N) and therefore ageing should be considered to improve tenderness. Little difference was seen between sexes for eland meat composition, showing potential for their meat to be marketed as a lean meat source.
|Projekt||Rozvoj hospodářských zvířat v multifunkčním zemědělství|
|Oddělení||Chov skotu, Etologie|
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