The effect of forage type on the meat quality of white dorper lambs

Gerlane F. De Brito, Shawn McGrath, Benjamin Holman, Michael Friend, Graeme A. Sandral, David Hopkins

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of different types of forage on the meat quality of White Dorper lambs. White Dorper mixed sex lambs (62) were grazed on five different forages: Bladder clover, Hybrid forage brassica (Rape Kale X), Chicory + Arrowleaf clover, Lucerne + Phalaris and Lucerne. Samples of longissimus lumborum (LL) muscle were collected 24 h post-mortem, and were sliced into three equal sub-samples which were vacuum packaged and assigned to ageing periods of 5, 12 or 40 days. The semimembranosus muscle from the right side was also aged for 40 days. Lambs fed Chicory + Arrowleaf clover or Lucerne produced the fattest carcases with those fed Bladder clover or Lucerne + Phalaris producing the leanest carcases. The pH in the LL at 24 hours was lowest in lambs fed Chicory + Arrowleaf clover or Lucerne and this caused some of the differences in meat colour measures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology
Subtitle of host publication23-28th August 2015, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology: ICoMST - Polydome Exhibition and Congress Centre, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Duration: 23 Aug 201528 Aug 2015
https://colloque.inra.fr/icomst2015/Home/ICOMST-2015

Conference

Conference61st International Congress of Meat Science and Technology
Abbreviated titleThink meat, Think healthy!
CountryFrance
CityClermont-Ferrand
Period23/08/1528/08/15
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