OPTIMIZING THE MARKETING AGE OF EMU [DROMAIUS NOVAEHOLLANDIAE]: CARCASS AND YIELD CHARACTERISTICS
R. Ramani-*, Robinson J. J., Abraham, V., Appa Rao, R. Narendra Babu and C. Vasanthi
Department of Livestock Products Technology (Meat Science), Madras Veterinary College, Chennai – 600 007, India.
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Received: 29-09-2016 Revised: 04-10-2016 Accepted: 02-11-2016
Carcass and yield characteristics of Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) birds of two different age groups (15 and 18 months old) were studied. Significant and progressive increase in live weight and carcass weight was observed with increase in age and a highly significant difference was recorded in dressing percent between the two groups. There was linear increase in the weight and yield of edible and inedible offals with age. However, the yield of offals such as skin, head and intestines did not differ significantly between the two age groups. The yield of lean in cut up parts viz. drumstick, thigh and rump were higher in the 15 months old emus. The yield of fat and bone were significantly higher (P>0.05) in the 18 months age group. Highly significant (P<0.01) difference was noticed in the meat: bone ratio between the two groups. Drip and Cooking loss values were higher in the 18 months old group.
Keywords: Dromaius novaehollandiae, carcass, weight, meat: bone ratio, Cooking loss