Fattening performance and carcass characteristics of Akkaraman lambs in different housing systems

DOI: 10.5958/0976-0555.2015.00055.2    | Article Id: B-249 | Page : 515-522
Citation :- Fattening performance and carcass characteristics of Akkaraman lambs in different housing systems.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2015.(49):515-522
Ali Karabacak, Ibrahim Aytekin and Saim Boztepe aytekin@selcuk.edu.tr
Address : Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Selcuk University, 42075 Konya, Turkey.

Abstract

This study was carried out to determine the fattening performance, body measurements, and slaughter and carcass characteristics of Akkaraman lambs fattened under indoor and outdoor housing systems. Fourteen Akkaraman lambs were used for the current study. Lambs were less than 3 months of age having about 20 kg live weight, and fed concentrated feed ad libitum together with 150 g of dehydrated alfalfa per day for 8 weeks. The daily live weight gain of Akkaraman sheep in the indoor housing system was 313 g while this value was 277 g a day in the outdoor housing system (P0.05), respectively. The differences between the housing systems in terms of total chest depth increase, chest depth and total body length increase were statistically significant (Pics were statistically significant. Also, the pH, hardness and color values as L*, a*, b*, H* and C* at 24 h after slaughter were determined.

Keywords

Akkaraman Fattening performance Hardness Meat color pH Shelter.

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