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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:3, March, 2021

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(3): 1287-1291

Carcass Characteristics of Pattanam Sheep of Tamil Nadu, India
Paramasivam1*, A. Kalaikannan2, D. Santhi1 and R. Ilavarasan2
1Livestock Farm Complex, 2Department of Livestock Products Technology, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, India
*Corresponding author

A study was conducted to study the carcass characteristics of the Pattanam sheep breed of Tamil Nadu. Two groups each consisting of six male lambs with 5 to 6 months age in one group and 8 to 9 months age in the other group were subjected to humane slaughter and the carcass characteristics were assessed. The parameters viz., carcass weight, dressing percentage, weight of organs and fabrication loss were recorded. The live weight, the dressed weight and the meat for retail sale were significantly (P≤0.01) higher in 7 to 8 months aged lambs. Fabrication loss was found to be significantly (P≤0.01) higher in the 5 to 6 months aged Pattanam lambs. But there was no significant difference in the dressing percentage between the two age groups. The weight of blood, head, stomach & intestine, liver, heart, trachea and lungs, kidney, spleen and skin were significantly (P≤0.05) higher in 7 to 8 months aged lambs. There was no significant difference between the of feet weight between the two age groups. In conclusion, it is recommended that the Pattanam male lambs can be slaughtered at the age of 7 to 8 months of age to obtain a substantially higher weight carcasses and edible offals.

Keywords: Pattanam sheep, Lamb, Carcass Characteristics 

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Paramasivam, A., A. Kalaikannan, D. Santhi and Ilavarasan, R. 2021. Carcass Characteristics of Pattanam Sheep of Tamil Nadu, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(3): 1287-1291. doi:
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