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Carcass Characteristics and Meat Composition of Yearling Tswana Goats Fed <I>Teminalia sericea</I>, <I>Boscia albitrunca</I> Browses or Lurcene as Supplements

Author(s): M.H.D. Mareko | A.A. Aganga | U.J. Omphile | M. Mokhudu

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 11;
Start page: 964;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Tswana goats | carcass characteristics | meat composition | browses | supplements

0.05) in primal cuts weights between the treatments. Meat moisture content showed a significant difference (p0.05) was observed (77.94 vs 76.04%, respectively). Meat ash content for BA800 was found to be higher (p0.05) to that of C800. Meat dry matter, organic matter, crude protein and crude fat averaged 24.00, 97.77, 71.06 and 6.90%, respectively, without any significant differences (p>0.05) observed between the groups. Meat mineral contents averaged 0.058, 0.133, 1.037, 0.833 and 0.224% for calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and magnesium, respectively and again no without significant differences (p>0.05) were observed between the groups. Goats supplemented on browses performed relatively like the lurcene supplemented goats though the browses are known to contain tannins. B. albitrunca and T. sericea can be successfully used by farmers as supplements during the dry seasons to raise goats for good quality meat.]]>
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