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The effect of dietary treatment on meat quality and on consumer perception of sheep meat eating quality

DW Pethick, R Davidson, DL Hopkins, RH Jacob, DN D'Souza, JM Thompson, PJ Walker

Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture | Published : 2005

Abstract

The aim of this experiment was to test the effects of dietary treatment on sheep meat eating quality as perceived by untrained Australian consumers. Six-month-old Suffolk × Merino lambs (n = 192) were allocated to 1 of 4 nutritional treatments for 60–77 days and were fed: (i) an irrigated perennial ryegrass–clover–kikuyu sward; (ii) irrigated perennial ryegrass–clover–kikuyu pasture for 48–61 days then poor quality straw for the last 12–16 days; (iii) a mixed ration treatment consisting of a high-energy pelleted diet (40% barley grain, 30% wheat grain, 15% hay and 12% lupin grain); or (iv) irrigated pasture for 37–51 days followed by a moderate-energy pelleted diet (36% wheat grain, 35% hay ..

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