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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2003 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 138-147
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2003.138.147
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Carcass Analysis and Meat Composition of the Donkey
A. A. Aganga , A. O. Aganga , T. Thema and K. O. Obocheleng

The objective was to determine the meat yield, proximate and mineral composition in donkey carcasses, aged between 5-8 years. Proximate analysis of the minced carcass was done and reported as moisture, dry matter, crude protein, total ash and organic matter. Moisture content was 68.35-74.72% and the dry matter content was 23.68-30.68%. Total ash content was also higher in donkeys (5.10-8.19%) as compared to 1.5-1.09% in beef, however, the organic matter content was slightly lower in donkeys (91.81- 94.90%), compared to 98.5 and 98.91% reported in beef. The crude protein content 55.05-62.27 on dry matter basis. Mineral analysis revealed that donkey meat is rich in Fe, P, K and Zn. (For Ca, P, Mg, Cu and Mn), there was no significant difference between the cuts (P< 0.05). However, a significant difference was observed in K, N, Zn and Fe (P< 0.05). The investigation suggested tenderness, juiciness, flavour and odour as being the main criteria, by which consumers judge the quality of donkey meat. The male and female respondents differed significantly in their responses on donkey meat`s tenderness and firmness. (P< 0.05).
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A. A. Aganga , A. O. Aganga , T. Thema and K. O. Obocheleng , 2003. Carcass Analysis and Meat Composition of the Donkey. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 2: 138-147.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2003.138.147








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