Journal article

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) can be used to predict live animal and whole carcass composition of sheep

TE Hunter, D Suster, FR Dunshea, LJ Cummins, AR Egan, BJ Leury

SMALL RUMINANT RESEARCH | ELSEVIER | Published : 2011

Abstract

An Hologic QDR4500A dual energy X-ray absorptiometer (DXA) was used to measure live body composition in 15 second-cross wether lambs ((Border Leicester×Merino)×Poll Dorset) aged 6-8 months (17-50kg) and 13 mature ewes (composite terminal sire line based largely on Poll Dorset, White Suffolk and Texel breeds) (44-71kg). After slaughter, DXA scans were also performed on the whole carcasses. Values determined by DXA including total tissue mass (TTM), lean tissue mass (LTM), fat tissue mass (FTM) and bone mineral content (BMC) for the half carcass were evaluated by comparison with chemically determined composition. In the case of BMC the relationship was with chemically determined ash content. L..

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