Changes in muscularity with growth and its relationship with other carcass traits in three terminal sire breeds of sheep

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dc.contributor.author Warkup, C. C.
dc.contributor.author Jones, H. E.
dc.contributor.author Young, M. J.
dc.contributor.author Wolf, Basil T.
dc.contributor.author Lewis, R. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-03T15:10:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-03T15:10:14Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.citation Warkup , C C , Jones , H E , Young , M J , Wolf , B T & Lewis , R M 2002 , ' Changes in muscularity with growth and its relationship with other carcass traits in three terminal sire breeds of sheep ' Animal Science , vol 74 , no. 2 , pp. 265-275 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1357-7298
dc.identifier.other PURE: 131387
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/3762
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3762
dc.identifier.uri http://www.bsas.org.uk/ en
dc.description Jones, H. E., Lewis, R. M., Young, M. J., Wolf, B. T., Warkup, C. C. (2002). Changes in muscularity with growth and its relationship with other carcass traits in three terminal sire breeds of sheep.   Animal Science, 74, (2), 265-275 en
dc.description.abstract Data were available for 160 sheep (50 Suffolk males, 50 Suffolk females, 40 Texel males and 20 Charollais males). One-fifth of animals within each breed and sex were slaughtered at each of 14, 18 or 22 weeks of age and two-fifths slaughtered at 26 weeks. After slaughter linear measurements were taken on the carcass. The left side of each carcass was then separated into eight joints and each joint dissected into lean, bone and fat. Five muscularity measures (three for the longissimus thoracis et lumborum (LTL) muscle, one for the hind leg and one for the whole carcass) and one of the shape of the LTL cross-section (depth : width) were calculated. With the exception of one measure for the LTL, muscularity increased with growth. Rates of increase in most measures were higher in Texels than in each of the other breeds, but were not different between the male and female Suffolks or between the Suffolk and Charollais lambs. Increases in most muscularity measures at a constant live weight were associated with increases in lean to bone ratio and carcass lean content. Associations with fat content were either non-significant or negative. Relationships with lean distribution were non-significant or weak. Correlations between the three measures of muscularity for the LTL were high. Correlations between the whole carcass measure and those within different regions were moderate to high in the Texels but lower in the Suffolk and Charollais breeds. The same was true for correlations between the LTL measures and hind leg muscularity. If muscularity throughout the carcass is to be described effectively, measures in more than one region may be required, particularly in the Suffolk and Charollais breeds. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Animal Science en
dc.title Changes in muscularity with growth and its relationship with other carcass traits in three terminal sire breeds of sheep en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Lifelong Learning en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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