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Comparison of Fattening Performances and Meat Yield in Meat Type Kids and Lambs

Comparison of Fattening Performances and Meat Yield in Meat Type Kids and Lambs

Murat Durmuş* and Nazan Koluman

Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Cukurova University, Adana 01330, Turkey.

 
* Corresponding author: durmusm@cu.edu.tr

ABSTRACT

The aim of the present study was to compare the fattening performance and carcass characteristics of the offsprings obtained from meat-type crossbreed sheep and goats. For this purpose, 10 head of lambs of the Cukurova Assaf type (75% Ost-Friz + 25% Awassi) and 10 head kids of Improved Cukurova Boer type (10% Native Hair Goat + 90% Boer) were used as animal material in the experiment. Kids and lambs were housed in two different paddocks during the eight-week trial period and performance data such as feed consumption and live weight gain were recorded during the trial. Four head animals, of which closest to the average live weight of each group in the final of the fattening period were slaughter and then carcass parameters were evaluated. According to the obtained results, there was no statistically significant difference between lambs and kids in terms of initial and final live weights and feed conversion ratios (P>0.05). However, the difference between the two species with regard to feed consumption and live weight gains during the 8-week fattening period were found to be significant (P<0.05). Considering slaughtering data, the difference between lambs and kids in terms of hot and cold carcass weights, head weights, feet weights and leather weights were found to be significant (P<0.05). Kid and lamb meat were found to be similar with regard to parameters such as color (Brightness, redness and yellowness) and cutting force (P>0.05); however, the difference in meats in terms of softness and juiciness parameters were determined to be significant (P<0.05).

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 54, Iss. 5, Pages 2003-2500

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