Ostrich slaughter and fabrication: 1. Slaughter yields of carcasses and effects of electrical stimulation on post-mortem pH.
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A commercial ostrich slaughter protocol was developed. Ostriches (n = 7 males and n = 7 females) averaged 95.54 kg live weight and yielded 55.91-kg carcasses. By-product yields were measured. The most significant by-products by weight were full viscera (8.29 kg), hide (6.71 kg), full gizzard and crop (5.80 kg), and abdominal fat (4.11 kg). Sex had no effect on slaughter yields. Post-mortem temperature declines were measured on five separate muscles and showed that chilling for 24 h was sufficient to adequately chill the deep muscle temperature to under 4 C. The effect of electrical stimulation on post-mortem pH decline also was investigated and had no effect.
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Morris, C. A., Harris, S. D., May, S. G., Jackson, T. C., Hale, D. S., Miller, R. K., ... Savell, J. W.
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Morris, CA||Harris, SD||May, SG||Jackson, TC||Hale, DS||Miller, RK||Keeton, JT||Acuff, GR||Lucia, LM||Savell, JW