Carcass and muscle yields of ostriches as influenced by genotype

dc.contributor.authorHoffman, L. C.
dc.contributor.authorBrand, M. M.
dc.contributor.authorMuller, M.
dc.contributor.authorCloete, S. W. P.
dc.identifier.citationHoffman, L. C., Brand, M. M., Muller, M. & Cloete, S. W. P. 2007. Carcass and muscle yields of ostriches as influenced by genotype. South African Journal of Animal Science, 37(4), 256-260.en_ZA
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dc.description.abstractABSTRACT: Live, carcass, leg and muscle weight (kg) as well as dressing percentage were compared between South African Black (Struthio camelus var. domesticus) ostriches, purebred Zimbabwean Blue Neck (Struthio camelus australis) ostriches and the progeny of Zimbabwean Blue Neck males crossed with South African Black females, commercially slaughtered at 14 months of age. South African Black ostriches had the lowest live (84.9 kg) and carcass (43.3 kg) weights, compared to Zimbabwean Blue Necks (100.9 and 51.2 kg, respectively). In general, crossbred birds resembled Zimbabwean Blue Necks more closely for the quantitative meat traits. However, dressing percentage (51.1%) and yields of different carcass components (bone, leg) did not differ between genotypes. Six of the major muscles present in the ostrich leg (M. gastrocnemius, M. femorotibialis accessorius, M. iliotibialis cranialis, M. iliotibialis lateralis, M. iliofibularis and M. iliofemoralis) showed significant weight differences between genotypes, with South African Black ostriches yielding the lowest values.en_ZA
dc.format.extentp. 256-260
dc.publisherSouth African Society for Animal Scienceen_ZA
dc.subjectStruthio camelusen_ZA
dc.subjectOstriches -- Breedingen_ZA
dc.subjectCarcass yieldsen_ZA
dc.subjectOstrich meat -- Yieldsen_ZA
dc.titleCarcass and muscle yields of ostriches as influenced by genotypeen_ZA
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dc.rights.holderSouth African Society for Animal Scienceen_ZA

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