Journal article

Acute exercise stress and electrical stimulation influence the consumer perception of sheep meat eating quality and objective quality traits

RD Warner, DM Ferguson, MB McDonagh, HA Channon, JJ Cottrell, FR Dunshea

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE | C S I R O PUBLISHING | Published : 2005

Abstract

The effects of acute exercise stress and electrical stimulation on lamb eating quality and objective measurements of quality were evaluated on the Longissimus thoracis et lumborum (LTL) and the Gluteus medius (GM) muscles. Meat quality attributes were also assessed on the LTL, Semimembranosus (SM) and the Semispinalis capitis (SC) muscles. Forty-eight Poll Dorset × Border Leicester–Merino ewes of about 6 months old were randomly allocated to treatments in a 2 × 2 factorial design, with the respective factors being exercise (Ex, 0 v. 15 min) and post-slaughter low voltage electrical stimulation (control v. ES). In general, exercise reduced the rate of pH fall and increased the ultimate pH of ..

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