Journal article

Breed and Nutrition Effects on Meat Quality and Retail Color after Lamb Pre-Slaughter Stress

Surinder S Chauhan, Eric N Ponnampalam, Frank R Dunshea, Robyn D Warner

Meat and Muscle Biology | American Meat Science Association | Published : 2019


he main objective of this research was to investigate the interactions between breed, nutrition and pre-slaughter stress, and the potential impacts on the meat quality and retail color/shelf life of lamb meat. Forty-eight Merino and second cross (Merino × Border Leicester) × Poll Dorset lambs were allocated to 2 dietary treatments: low energy diet (LE; 7.8 MJ ME/kg and 12% CP) vs. high energy (HE; 11.8 MJ ME/kg and 12% CP). Samples of longissimus lumborum (LL), and rectus femoris (RF) were taken 15 min post-slaughter for glycogen and lactate determination. pH and temperature of muscle samples were recorded at 0.5, 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 24 h post-mortem. Muscle LL samples from the same side wer..

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