Impacts of hanging method and high pre-rigor temperature and duration on quality attributes of ovine muscles
YHB Kim, M Kerr, G Geesink, RD Warner
Animal Production Science | CSIRO | Published : 2014
This study evaluated effects of high pre-rigor temperature and duration and suspension of lamb sides on quality traits and protein denaturation in two muscles [semimembranosus (SM) and longissimus thoracis et lumborum (LTL)]. Twenty-four lamb carcasses, within each of 3 slaughter days, were used to assign eight carcasses to one of four pre-rigor temperature treatments: chilled at 2°C directly after slaughter, or held at 37°C in water for 1.5, 3.0 or 4.5 h before transfer to a 2°C chiller. At ~15 min post slaughter, one side of each carcass was suspended from the Achilles tendon, whereas the other side was suspended by the aitch bone and the leg tied down to the ribs. The sides subjected to a..View full abstract
The funding provided by Meat Livestock Australia is gratefully acknowledged as well as the technical assistance provided by Levent Can, Jeremy Cottrell and Paul Weston and biometrical assistance of Kym Butler. The research was approved by the Victorian Institute of Animal Science Animal Ethics Committee.