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Replacing Sodium Selenite by Selenium Yeast Reduces Non-prime Cut Yields in Broilers
Selenium yeast totally replaced sodium selenite in the diet of broilers without affecting meat quality or traits, according to new research from Brazil. Birds receiving the organic selenium source had lower back yield than the control group....
Effects of Feeding Antioxidants on Pig Meat
Feeding a dietary antioxidant to pigs can help to improve shelf life, accroding to a study from a research team from the University of Illinois and NovuInternational....
How to Optimise Colour in Tuna?
The high value of fresh tuna is largely attributed to the red colour and firm but tender texture of the thin pieces of raw flesh served as sushi or sashimi. A range of factors has been reported to affect the colour and visual appearance of the tuna flesh,...
Soybean Hulls in Pig Diets Reduce Cost but Hit Carcase Yield
Finishing pigs fed soybean hulls will have reduced carcase yield and thus lower hot carcase weight, according to new research from Kansas State University. ...
Characterisation of Canadian Grade Standards and Lean Yield Prediction for Cows
Simple measurements of carcase characteristics such as grade fat, rib-eye area, marbling and ossification can be used to predict the lean yield of cows, according to a study published in the Canadian Journal of Animal Science....
Influence of Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Pork Quality
The inclusion of ractopamine hydrochloride in the late-finishing diet of pigs has no detrimental effects on muscle pH, fresh pork colour, firmness/wetness, water-holding capacity or marbling/intramuscular fat content but some experiments have revealed...
Multi-stage Carbon Dioxide Gas Stunning of Broilers
New research from the Netherlands indicates that a method involving several stages of carbon dioxide can offer reliable and effective stunning. ...
Farmed Fish: A Major Provider or a Major Consumer of Omega-3 Oils?
Fish and other seafood products are getting more and more attention among consumers due to its health benefits. These benefits are in particular linked to the valuable long chain omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid...
Canadian Beef Tenderness Survey: 2001–2011
Changes in the animal population, production systems, carcase processing and distribution and handling before the meat went on display could be responsible for improvements in tenderness in Canadian beef....
Call for New Research on E.coli in Cattle
E. coli O157 control through feed additives and cattle vaccines should be investigated, the Food Standards Agency has reported. ...
Effects of Outdoor Access on Carcase and Meat Characteristics in Broilers
According to a Chinese study, growth performance and carcase yield were not affected by the birds having access to an outdoor area but some aspects of meat quality were better for free-range birds. ...
Meat Mythbusters
Using data gained through scientific papers, researchers at JSR's food quality centre aim to dispel some of the more frustrating myths associated with meat quality....
Genetic Parameters for Androstenone and Skatole as Indicators of Boar Taint
Danish research shows that skatole and androstenone can be reduced by genetic selection without adverse effects on economic parameters (production and litter size traits). The scientists suggest breeding is a better alternative to the castration of male...
Effects of Trailer Design on Animal Welfare and Meat Quality
The pot-belly trailer had no adverse effects of pig welfare or meat quality in a study reported by researchers based in Canada and Spain. Pietrain-cross pigs (50 per cent Pietrain) were more susceptible to transport stress but pork quality was acceptable,...
Broiler Meat Quality Issue De-mystified
White striping is a recently recognised defect of chicken breast meat that could affect acceptance by consumers. Work done to investigate the condition at the University of Arkansas, shows that the condition is associated with large fillets and that the...
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