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Towards a regional beef carcass classification system for Southern Africa

dc.contributor.authorChingala, G.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorRaffrenato, E.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDzama, K.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHoffman, L. C.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMapiye, C.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-04T10:07:45Z
dc.date.available2018-12-04T10:07:45Z
dc.date.issued2017-05-15
dc.identifier.citationChingala, G., et al. 2017. Towards a regional beef carcass classification system for Southern Africa. South African Journal of Animal Science, 47(4):408-423, doi:10.4314/sajas.v47i4.1en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2221-4062 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0375-1589 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4314/sajas.v47i4.1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104772
dc.descriptionCITATION: Chingala, G., et al. 2017. Towards a regional beef carcass classification system for Southern Africa. South African Journal of Animal Science, 47(4):408-423, doi:10.4314/sajas.v47i4.1.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.sasas.co.za
dc.description.abstractSouthern Africa is home to over 64 million cattle, of which 75% are raised on natural pasture in smallholder farming areas. Indigenous cattle breeds Bos indicus (zebu), B. taurus africanus (Sanga type) and their crosses with B. taurus (European and British) are the most dominant. Despite their dominance, indigenous cattle breeds in smallholder farming areas are commonly marketed through informal markets, and their contribution to formal national economies is therefore limited. This is partly because the current beef carcass grading and classification systems used in the region value inappropriately carcasses from slow-maturing indigenous cattle breeds that are ideally suited to being marketed off natural pasture. The existing systems use carcass yield and quality attributes, but do not predict eating quality at consumer level. Moreover, the principal criteria used to estimate carcass yield and quality, namely age, fat cover and conformation, are assessed indirectly and subjectively. The objective of the current review is to provide an overview of beef carcass grading and classification systems in Southern Africa and analyse their shortcomings in valuing carcasses from indigenous breeds and local production systems. In addition, the review highlights opportunities for improving these systems in Southern Africa and makes suggestions towards developing a regional beef carcass classification system.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.sasas.co.za/towards-regional-beef-carcass-classification-system-southern-africa-review
dc.format.extent16 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSouth African Society for Animal Scienceen_ZA
dc.subjectBeef -- Carcass classification systemen_ZA
dc.subjectBeef carcass gradingen_ZA
dc.subjectBeef -- Southern Africa -- Classification systemsen_ZA
dc.titleTowards a regional beef carcass classification system for Southern Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderAuthors retain copyrighten_ZA


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