Effect of gender and body condition score on meat quality in Kundi buffalo

DOI: 10.18805/ijar.B-1128    | Article Id: B-1128 | Page : 786-789
Citation :- Effect of gender and body condition score on meat quality in Kundi buffalo.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2020.(54):786-789
Muhammad Usman Saleem, Asim Aslam, Ahsan Akram, Umer Iqbal, Shazia Shamas and Sadia Roshan usmansaleem@bzu.edu.pk
Address : Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.  
Submitted Date : 25-03-2019
Accepted Date : 25-07-2019

Abstract

The objectives of the current study were to study the effects of gender and body condition score (BCS) on meat quality in Kundi buffaloes. Samples of trapezius cervicalis, longissimus dorsi and semitendinosus muscles from forty Kundi buffaloes were selected for evaluating physical attributes of meat. Animals were divided into four equal groups on the basis of gender and BCS. It was found that in every group longissimus dorsi had the best quality characteristics among the selected skeletal muscles. Meat from male Kundi buffaloes and those with BCS > 4 was of superior quality than meat from female Kundi buffaloes and those with BCS of 1-4. Therefore gender and BCS can be used as a selection tool during animal selection regarding meat quality.

Keywords

Muscle fiber number Muscle fiber diameter pH Tenderness Water holding capacity

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