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LMY & EQ Producer Demonstration Sites – Victorian sites carcase measurement

Seven Producer Demonstration Sites (PDS) were undertaken in Victoria between 2012 and 2013 to demonstrate the value of research breeding values (RBVs) for lean meat yield, intramuscular fat and shear force in prime lamb and Merino production systems.

Data was collected at slaughter from 1,345 lambs, over 11 slaughter events at JBS; Brooklyn and Cobram, Frewstal; Stawell and Australian Lamb Company; Colac.

Lean meat yield was calculated by measuring hot carcase weight (kg), GRfat (mm), Cfat (mm) and eye muscle area.  Objective measures of eating quality were assessed by measuring fresh colour, ultimate pH, shear force and intramuscular fat of the loin.  Samples were collected and transported to Murdoch University, Western Australia for intramuscular fat measurement.

Data collected from these PDS will be aggregated with data from other sites and analysed under the national coordination project, B.SCC.0144, to determine the value of RBVs for LMY and eating quality traits to ram breeders, lamb producers and processors.

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