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Meat quality of sheep grazed on a saltbush-based pasture

Pearce, K., Masters, D. and Pethick, D. (2004) Meat quality of sheep grazed on a saltbush-based pasture. In: Agribusiness Sheep Updates, 27 - 28 July, Perth, Western Australia pp. 45-46.

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Weaner and hogget wethers were grazed on either a saltbush-based pasture or in a stubble/dry pasture paddock for 14 weeks on one of two farms. The sheep were also supplemented with up to 200 g/d of barley grain. At the end of the experiment all sheep were slaughtered and both carcass characteristics and eating quality of the meat assessed. There were no differences in eating quality associated with consumption of saltbush but the carcasses from saltbush fed sheep were leaner at the same carcass weight.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Department of Agriculture
Copyright: © Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Agriculture 2004
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