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Moloney, AP,Mooney, MT,Kerry, JP,Stanton, C,O'Kiely, P
2013
November
Meat Science
Colour of fat, and colour, fatty acid composition and sensory characteristics of muscle from heifers offered alternative forages to grass silage in a finishing ration
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Heifers Fat colour Muscle colour Muscle sensory characteristics Fatty acid composition SUBCUTANEOUS ADIPOSE-TISSUE CONJUGATED LINOLEIC-ACID CONCENTRATE-BASED DIETS WHOLE-CROP WHEAT MEAT QUALITY BEEF-CATTLE MAIZE SILAGE CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS LONGISSIMUS-DORSI AD-LIBITUM
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The effect of type of silage offered to beef heifers during the finishing period on aspects of beef quality was determined. In two experiments, a diet based on grass silage (GS) was compared with a diet based on maize silage (MS) or whole-crop wheat silage (WCW). Compared to the GS-based diet, increasing the amount of MS linearly increased fat whiteness while the increase in fat whiteness due to WCW was dependent on the stage of crop maturity at harvesting. There was no effect of diet on muscle colour or on muscle pH measured at 48 h post-mortem, drip loss, taste panel traits after 14 days ageing or shear force values at 2, 7 or 14 days ageing. The alternative silages decreased the n - 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid proportion and increased the linoleic:linolenic acid ratio in intramuscular lipid. It is concluded that type of silage affects fat colour and fatty acid composition of muscle but not the other muscle characteristics examined. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.05.030
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