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Effect of sex, degree of maturity and diet of kids from Serrana breed on carcass composition and muscle chemical composition

  • A. Monteiro (a1), S. Silva (a2), A. Lourenço (a2), J. Azevedo (a2), A. Teixeira (a3) and M. Castilho (a4)...

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In Portugal consumers prefer low weight carcasses from kids. Some studies on carcass and meat characteristics were conducted with this type of carcasses (Santos et al., 2007). However, there is little information on the effect of increasing the live weight at slaughter by supplementing the diets fed to kids with concentrate in order to maximize meat production. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of diet, sex and degree of maturity of kids from Serrana breed on carcass composition and in muscle chemical composition.

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AOAC. 1990. Official Methods of Analysis. 14th ed., Association of Official Analytical Chemists, Washington, DC, USA.
Fisher, A. V. and De Boer, H. 1994. Livestock Production Science. 38, 149–159.
Santos, V.A.C., Silva, A.O., Cardoso, J.V.F., Silvestre, A.J.D., Silva, S.R., Martins, C., and Azevedo, J.M.T. 2007. Meat Science. 75, 725–736.

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