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Electrical stimulation and hydration to optimise meat quality ( Conference Paper )

Hopkins, D.L., Jacob, R.H., Toohey, E.S., Pearce, K.L., Pethick, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-3255-7677 and Richards, I. (2006) Electrical stimulation and hydration to optimise meat quality ( Conference Paper ). International Journal of Sheep and Wool Science, 54 (2). pp. 42-47.

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This article discusses research that was conducted to optimise new electrical-stimulation technologies and to elucidate the effects of pre-slaughter dehydration of lambs. A change in lamb processing to a focus on eating quality has increased the uptake of new electrical technologies. Our research was aimed at understanding how carcase response to electrical stimulation is affected by genotype, pulse-width, current, and frequency and time of stimulation. Although seven post-dressing electrical stimulation systems have been installed in abattoirs across Australia and two prototype pre-dressing systems and an immobiliser have been installed at a major export abattoir, more installations are needed. An indicator of animal dehydration status was developed and used at two commercial abattoirs. This study showed that a large percentage of lambs are dehydrated at the time of slaughter, which represents a potential cost to industry $5 million annually. Although several compounds for prevention of pre-slaughter dehydration in lambs were tested, none were effective.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Australian Sheep Industry CRC
School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: University of New England
Copyright: © 2006 The Australian Sheep Industry CRC.
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