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Bulletine of UASVM Animal Science and Biotechnologies
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 68  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 173 - 178

Carcass Conformation and Tissue Composition of Tsigai and Crossbred Lambs by Suffolk and German Blackface Breeds

Elena ILISIU, Vasile RAU, Vasile MICLEA, Gerold RAHMANN, Calin V. ILISIU and Stelian DARABAN    

Abstract: Carcasses of Tsigai breed and Suffolk and German Blackface crossbred lambs fattened in an intensive system were subjectively (according with EUROP system) and objectively evaluated. After conformation, carcasses of Suffolk crossbred lambs were included in U and R, German Blackface x Tsigai in R, and carcasses from Tsigai pure breed in R and O classes. After the layer of fat, carcasses of Suffolk crossbred lambs were included in 2 and 3 classes, German Blackface x Tsigai in 3, and carcasses from Tsigai breed in 3 and 4 classes. Suffolk and German Blackface crossbred lambs had a higher (P<0.001) muscle proportion in all carcass parts than Tsigai breed lambs. Tsigai breed had a higher fat proportion than Suffolk and German Blackface crossbred lambs in almost all carcass pieces, but significant differences were founded in carcass rests (P<0.001). It was concluded that Suffolk and German Blackface rams could be used for crossing with Tsigai ewes to produce lambs with better carcass conformation and leaner carcass.

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