The quality and mineral composition of the longissimus lumborum and semimembranosus muscles from lambs fed perennial or annual wheat forage with or without lucerne

Benjamin W.B. Holman, Richard C. Hayes, Matthew T. Newell, Gordon Refshauge, Shawn R. McGrath, Stephanie M. Fowler, Alexandra R. Shanley, David L. Hopkins

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Abstract

This study compared the effect of a novel perennial wheat forage and a conventional annual wheat forage, fed to lambs with or without lucerne, on the quality and mineral profile of the longissimus lumborum and semimembranosus muscles. This involved 48 Poll Dorset × Merino ewe lambs, 12 per treatment, managed for 28 days within individual pens. Consumer sensory panel scores showed ‘good eating quality’ for all samples irrespective of diet, a conclusion supported by the shear force, cooking loss, particle size, and intramuscular fat results. Drip loss was affected by a significant interaction between diet and muscle. The ultimate pH of meat from lambs fed annual wheat was highest. Comparable colour stability and purge results suggested that diet did not impact on lamb retail-potential. Sodium, sulphur and zinc concentrations were higher in the meat from lambs fed annual wheat, compared to perennial wheat. Overall, these outcomes support the use of perennial wheat as a forage for lamb production.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108564
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalMeat Science
Volume180
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2021

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