Journal article

Abattoir Factors Influencing the Incidence of Dark Cutting in Australian Grain-Fed Beef

Cameron C Steel, Angela M Lees, D Bowler, PA Gonzalez-Rivas, G Tarr, RD Warner, FR Dunshea, Frances C Cowley, P McGilchrist

Animals | MDPI AG | Published : 2021


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of carcass traits, lairage time and weather conditions during lairage and abattoir factors that impact the incidence of dark cutting in 142,228 grain-fed carcasses, as defined by Meat Standards Australia (MSA) guidelines. This study was conducted over a 12-month period analysing data from cattle that were supplied from seven feedlots and processed at three abattoirs. Abattoir data indicated that the average incidence of dark cutting within the study was 2.8%. Increased wind speeds (WSs) and rain during lairage at the abattoir was associated with an increased risk of dark cutting, whereas variation in ambient temperature and/or relative humidit..

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Awarded by Meat and Livestock Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this study was provided by Meat and Livestock Australia P/L., North Sydney, NSW, Australia, LiveCorp, North Sydney NSW, Australia and the Australian Federal Government, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Grant number: B.FLT.0399-Evaluation of factors contributing to the incidence dark cutting in grain-fed cattle.