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Selection for lean meat yield in lambs reduces indicators of oxidative metabolism in the longissimus muscle

Kelman, K.R., Pannier, L., Pethick, D.W. and Gardner, G.E. (2014) Selection for lean meat yield in lambs reduces indicators of oxidative metabolism in the longissimus muscle. Meat Science, 96 (2). pp. 1058-1067.

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Abstract

Selection for increased lean meat yield using Australian Sheep Breeding Values for reduced post-weaning c-site fat depth (PFAT) and increased post-weaning eye muscle depth (PEMD) reduces the oxidative capacity of muscle. Isocitrate dehydrogenase (ICDH) activity and myoglobin concentration were measured in 3178 and 5580 lambs, respectively, to indicate oxidative capacity. In the progeny of sires with a reduced PFAT, ICDH activity and myoglobin concentration were reduced by 0.46 μmol/min/g tissue and 0.67 mg/g tissue across the 5 and 6 mm PFAT ranges respectively. In the progeny of sires with an increased PEMD, ICDH activity and myoglobin concentration were reduced by 0.50 μmol/min/g tissue and 0.49 mg/g tissue across the 7 and 6 mm PEMD ranges respectively. However, the sites at which the lambs were raised had a larger impact on oxidative capacity than genetic or other production factors.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2013 The Authors.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18414
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