Mineral composition of lamb carcasses from the United States and New Zealand. Academic Article uri icon


  • The mineral composition-iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), potassium (K), fluoride (F), and phosphorus (P) (New Zealand lamb only)-of lean tissue from lamb retail cuts was studied. Twenty-four US lamb carcasses of different ages (5 to 11 months), geographical regions (Texas, Colorado and Montana) and USDA quality grades (Prime and Choice) and 27 New Zealand lamb carcasses from three weight groups (11 to 125 kg, 13 to 145 kg, and 165 to 18 kg), age rangining from 7 to 8 months, were selected for use in this study. Mineral concentrations were influenced more by retail cut and age than by quality grade or weigth group. Foreshank and shoulder cuts from both the US and New Zealand group consistently had the highest (P < 005) Zn content among the cuts. The K content of the muscle in US lambs increased as age increased, while the level of Ca and Zn in New Zealand lambs decreased as carcass weight increased. Except for Ca, the mineral concentrations of the lean tissue from US lambs were higher than the New Zealand lambs, although the differences were not always significant. US lambs had approximately 20%, 30% and 37% more Fe, Zn and Mg, respectively, but 27% less Ca than lean tissue from the New Zealand lambs.

published proceedings

  • Meat Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Lin, K. C., Cross, H. R., Johnson, H. K., Breidenstein, B. C., Randecker, V., & Field, R. A.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Lin, KC||Cross, HR||Johnson, HK||Breidenstein, BC||Randecker, V||Field, RA

publication date

  • January 1988