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The use of ultrasound to predict the carcass composition of live Akkaraman lambs



The use of ultrasound to predict the carcass composition of live Akkaraman lambs



Meat Science 79(4): 716-721



The aim of this study was to measure fat thickness, area and depth of the longissimus dorsi muscle using ultrasonography, to estimate carcass composition in live Akkaraman lambs. Fat thickness, area and depth of the longissimus dorsi muscle between the 12th and 13th ribs were measured in vivo and on the carcass after slaughter, using real time ultrasound in 40 Akkaraman lambs. To estimate the carcass composition, one-half of a carcass was dissected into muscle, fat and bone after slaughter. Overall, correlation coefficients between ultrasound and carcass longissimus dorsi muscle area, depth and fat thickness were 0.82, 0.60 and 0.77, respectively. Estimates of carcass composition for Akkaraman lambs based on LW explained 78%, 82%, 74%, 52%, 75%, 36% and 72% of the variations for muscle, total carcass fat, subcutaneous fat, inter-muscular fat, non-carcass fat, tail fat and bone, respectively. The introduction of UFT, ULMA and ULMD as independent variables in addition to LW in the multiple linear regression equations further improved the variations for total muscle (80%), carcass fat (84%) and bone weight (76%) whereas no improvement was observed for subcutaneous, intermuscular, non-carcass and tail fat. The results showed that in vivo ultrasound fat thickness and measurement of area and depth of the longissimus dorsi muscle in association with live weight could be used to estimate muscle, total body fat and bone weight in Akkaraman lambs.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2007.11.003


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