Shorani sheep carcass characteristics at different ages in Elabassia Tagali, Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan State, Sudan

Mohmed E. Elimam, Mohmed A. B. Gibreel

Abstract


Shorani sheep carcass characteristics were studied at <1, 1 and 2 years old in Elabassia Tagali area in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan State, Sudan in November 2002. Nine animals (three for each age group) were bought from local markets, rested, watered, fasted overnight and then slaughtered according to Islamic rituals. Slaughter weight, empty body weight (EBW) and hot carcass weight significantly (P<0.05) increased with increasing slaughter age. Empty body weight was lower than live body weight. Dressing percentages on live body weight and empty body weight increased with slaughter weight and were higher on EBW. Body components significantly (P<0.05) increased with increasing slaughter age. The percentages of all body components on EBW increased with increasing slaughter age from<1 to 1 year old and decreased at 2 years old. The percentages of muscles and bones significantly (P<0.05) increased with increasing the slaughter weight from<1 to 1 year old and then decreased. Fat percentages significantly (P<0.05) increased with slaughter age. Muscle: bone ratio significantly (P<0.05) increased with slaughter age to 1 year old and decreased at 2 years old. Muscle: fat ratio significantly (P<0.05) decreased with slaughter age.


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