Carcass grades, rack composition and tenderness of sheep and goats as influenced by market class and breed Academic Article uri icon


  • Compared to Spanish and Angora goats, sheep had heavier (P < 0.05) carcass weights, more youthful USDA overall maturity scores, higher flank streaking scores, higher USDA leg conformation scores, larger longissimus muscle areas, and produced loin chops with lower shear force values. Rambouillet sheep had (P < 0.05) higher scores for USDA skeletal and overall maturity, more feathering and flank streaking, higher USDA leg conformation scores and produced loin chops with lower shear force values than Barbados and Karakul sheep. Karakul sheep (especially the young intact males) had higher adjusted fat thicknesses than the other sheep and goat breeds due to heavy fat deposition near the dock. Racks from young intact males tended to have higher percentages of lean than racks from aged females within most sheep and goat breeds. © 1989.

author list (cited authors)

  • Riley, R. R., Savell, J. W., Johnson, D. D., Smith, G. C., & Shelton, M.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Riley, RR||Savell, JW||Johnson, DD||Smith, GC||Shelton, M

publication date

  • September 1989