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Shija, Mtenga, Kimambo, Laswai, Mushi, Mgheni, Mwilawa, Shirima, and Safari: Preliminary Evaluation of Slaughter Value and Carcass Composition of Indigenous Sheep and Goats from Traditional Production System in Tanzania


The aim of the pilot study was to evaluate slaughter characteristics and carcass composition of indigenous long fat tailed sheep and Small East African goats purchased from the auction markets slaughtered at 1.5 to 2 yrs of age and 20 kg to 25 kg live weight. The animals were slaughtered according to halal standard procedures. The left half carcasses were jointed into eight wholesale joints, and dissected into muscles, fat and bone, which were weighed separately. Sheep had greater (p<0.05) slaughter BW (22.29 kg vs 20.50 kg) and empty BW (20.17 kg vs 18.67 kg) than goats (p<0.05). Dressing percentages were lower (p<0.001) in sheep than goats when carcass weight was expressed as percentage of slaughter BW (42.31% and 47.15%) and empty BW (46.75% and 51.79%). Sheep carcasses had lower (p<0.001) proportion (66.18% vs 71.64%) of muscles and higher (p<0.001) proportion of fat (7.41% vs 3.44%) than goat carcasses. Sheep had proportionally lighter (p<0.001) shoulder (18.89% vs 22.68%) and heavier (p<0.05) proportion of chump (7.916% vs 6.76%) and main rib (8.12% vs 7.07%). Sheep had more (p<0.001) muscles in the leg (28.83% vs 27.08%) and main rib (7.62% vs 6.36%) than goats. Sheep had less (p<0.001) muscles (20.28% vs 23.56%) in shoulder joints when expressed as percentage of total muscle of carcasses. It is concluded that there are differences in sheep and goat both in terms of carcass and joint yields and composition. The present study also implies that there is need to consider setting different meat cuts and prices for these cuts when one takes into account the differences in muscle distribution within joints in sheep and goats.


Sheep and goats constitute the majority of the ruminant population in developing countries (Titi et al., 2008) and contribute significantly to household economy. In Tanzania, sheep and goats are mainly kept under the traditional grazing system with low feed inputs (Hango et al., 2007) and contribute about 22 percent of the national red meat supplies (Msanga, 2009). Under such a system, which is also found in most of the Sub Sahara region (El Khidir et al., 1998), animals grow slowly and are slaughtered at an older age. Several studies conducted under the same slaughter weight, age and or feeding management of sheep and goats have revealed species and breed differences in carcass composition (Miller et al., 2001; Voges et al., 2007; Lee et al., 2008). Berg and Butterfield (1976) with cattle and Mahgoub and Lu (1998) with goats have highlighted the need to consider both physiological and chronological stages of animals at slaughter as these stages are the key factors masking observations on the effects of species and breed on carcass characteristics studies.
Information on carcass composition of sheep and goats from traditional systems are not readily available in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Tanzania, such information has recently been documented on-station by Mushi et al. (2009) and Safari et al. (2011). Goat meat is characterized by low subcutaneous fat content with greater muscle component at comparable age and slaughter live body weight (Babiker et al., 1990). Owen et al. (1978) commented on the difficulties of controlling these masking factors under traditional grazing condition in the tropics. Moreover, information available on station may not be applicable under the traditional system of keeping animals in the tropics. The aim of this study was, therefore, to compare slaughter characteristics and carcass composition of sheep and goats from the traditional livestock production system in Tanzania.



The study was conducted in Dodoma region, central Tanzania, which is located at 6°10′23″S 35°44′31″E, and 1,120 m above sea level. The region is a semi-arid climate area with relatively warm temperatures ranging between 16°C and 29°C and a single rainfall pattern with annual precipitation averaging 70 mm falling between December and April.

Animals and management

Thirty-four animals (17 sheep and 17 goats) were bought from livestock auction markets. The animals were purposely selected to include those with live BW ranging from 20 kg to 25 kg and age from 1.5 to 2 yrs, as these animals are high in demand for exports to Middle East markets. The age of animals was estimated by the pattern of eruption of the incisor teeth (Abegaz and Awgichew, 2009) and only animals with first pair of permanent incisors were sampled. Each selected animal was identified using blue paint before being transported by truck to the Department of Meat Processing Technology (MPT) of Dodoma Regional Vocational Education Training and Services Centre (DRVETSC). The animals were kept in the lairage and fasted for 18 h with free access to water. Slaughter live BW was taken 16 h prior to slaughter using a mechanical weighing balance (100 kg, Golden Lark, China).

Slaughtering procedure

The animals were slaughtered according to standard commercial procedures and bleeding was effected by severing the carotid arteries and jugular vein in a single cut, according to Halal practice. The head was removed at the atlanto-occipital joint and fore and hind feet removed at the carpus-metacarpal and tarsus-metatarsal joints, respectively (Safari et al., 2009; Bonvillani et al., 2010). Carcasses and non-carcasses components were labelled separately for subsequent measurements.

Non-carcass and carcass measurements

The non-carcass components, which included the head, skin, feet, kidneys, internal fat, testicles, tail, GI tract and pluck (lungs plus trachea, heart, liver and spleen), were weighed and recorded. Gut fill weight was derived as the difference between weights of full and empty GI tract. Carcasses were weighed immediately after dressing the animals to obtain hot carcass weight (HCW). The carcasses were then chilled at 3–4°C for a 24 h period and reweighed to obtain cold carcass weight (CCW). Empty body weight (EBW) was computed as the difference between slaughter weight and weight of gut fill. Dressing percentage was calculated as weight of carcass (hot and cold) divided by either slaughter weight or empty BW times 100 according to Bonvillani et al. (2010) procedures.

Carcass splitting, jointing and dissection

Carcasses were carefully split longitudinally to obtain left and right halves and weighed. The left half of each carcass was jointed into eight standard commercial joints namely neck, shoulder, breast, loin, chump, main rib, midrib and leg (Figure 1) and dissected into lean, fat and bone.

Statistical analysis

Data were processed and analysed using the GLM procedures of SAS to determine the influence of species on slaughter characteristics and carcass compositions. The difference between least squares means for sheep and goats were compared by PDIFF (SAS, 2000).


Slaughter characteristics

The slaughter live BW, empty body weight (EBW), hot carcass weight (HCW), cold carcass weight (CCW) and dressing percentages of sheep and goats are presented in Table 1. Sheep had greater (p<0.05) slaughter live BW and EBW (p<0.05) than goats. Dressing percentages were greater (p<0.001) in goats than sheep when expressed both as percent slaughter live BW (47.15% vs 42.31%) and EBW (51.79% vs 46.75%). Other studies have reported different values of dressing percentages between goats and sheep. Naude and Hofmeyr (1981) reported greater dressing percentages in Boer goats than sheep, whereas Riley et al. (1989) and Sen et al. (2004) reported lower dressing percentage for goats than sheep. Sen et al. (2004) showed that when dressing yield was expressed in terms of EBW, dressing percentage was not significant between the two species. Santos et al. (2008) when comparing carcasses and meat quality of Portuguese native goat and sheep breeds, found lambs to have greater dressing percentage than goat kids.
Gut contents contributed partly to the differences in dressing percentages (Table 2). The proportion of GI tract content to the slaughter live BW was greater (p<0.05) in sheep than goats. These findings further indicate that lower dressing proportion of sheep could also be due to increased weight of non-carcass components (Table 2). Greater weights of non-carcass components and gut fill are known to reduce dressing percentage. Dhanda et al. (1999) reported significant differences between various goat breeds for dressing percentage based on full body weight and attributed these differences to variations in weight of GI tract contents. Moreover, breed differences in dressing percentage are also attributed to the degree of gut fill at slaughter (Kadim et al., 2003). The current findings are similar to that of Titi et al. (2008) that showed increased weight of non-carcass, especially the digestive tract lead to a decreased dressing proportion.
The chilling loss was generally lower for sheep carcasses than goats (3.92% vs 4.19%) as shown in Table 1. The reason could be due to differences in fat coverage, as sheep had slightly greater fat cover than goat carcasses and this could have prevented carcasses from losing weight emanating from evaporation. Furthermore, subcutaneous fat in this study was spread more evenly in sheep carcass. The present observations are also in agreement with those of Gaili and Ali (1985) and Colomer-Rocher et al. (1992). The non-carcass components, such as head and skin were significantly heavier in sheep than goats whereas the feet and internal organs were heavier in goats than sheep (Table 2). The difference in skin weight between species is partly ascribed to more hair weight in sheep in agreement with the observations made by Mahgoub and Lodge (1998) when comparing Omani sheep and goats and Sen et al. (2004) with Indian sheep and goats. The weight and percentages of feet, internal organs, kidneys, internal fat and testicles did not differ significantly between the two species except for the percentage of feet (p<0.01) and internal organs (p<0.05) when expressed as proportion of EBW. Other workers (Hadjipanayiotou and Koumas, 1994; El Khidir et al., 1998; Mahgoub and Lodge, 1998) have reported differences between sheep and goats in body fat. The authors showed that goats tend to deposit most of their fat internally, whereas in sheep more fat is deposited in the carcass surface. In this study, therefore sheep exhibited greater total non-carcass components than goats.

Total carcass physical composition

Least squares means of carcass compositions of sheep and goats carcasses are shown in Table 3. The weight of muscle was slightly greater but that of fat was lower (p<0.01) in goat than sheep carcasses. Sheep carcasses had proportionally lower muscle and edible yield (muscle plus fat) to bone ratio and considerably greater (p<0.001) dissectible fat than goat carcasses; a finding which is in line with earlier studies (Gaili and Ali, 1985). The observed differences for carcass tissue compositions is a reflection of species differences, a conclusion in agreement with other reports that indicated goat carcass are generally leaner than sheep (Naude and Hofmeyr, 1981; Tshabalala et al., 2003; Sen et al., 2004). In addition, the greater muscle content, lower dissectible fat and bone in goat carcasses compared with sheep are in agreement with those obtained by Santos et al. (2008) with Portuguese native goat and sheep breeds and El Khidir et al. (1998) with Sudanese desert goats. El Khidir et al. (1998) reported higher muscle to bone ratio in the desert goats, a finding in conformity with the present study. In agreement with this study and an intensive literature review by Santos et al. (2008) on differences on carcass composition between sheep and goats concluded that sheep generally tend to have more carcass fat than goats.

Standard joints and composition of carcass joints

Least squares means of weight of joints in sheep and goats in absolute values (kg) and percentage (%) of left half carcass weight are shown in Table 4. The joints in the study are primal cuts, which are being promoted in Tanzania for easiness of carcass marketing and correspond closely to the units that consumers prefer to buy from a retail butcher (Luziga, 2005; Mwilawa et al., 2007). These primal cuts can further be split into smaller retail units depending on the market where the meat is going to be sold. The effects of species on the proportion of standard joints tended to be small. The proportion of shoulder joint in sheep carcasses was lower (p<0.001) than goats (18.89% vs 22.68%). However, the proportion of chump and main rib were greater in sheep than goat carcasses (Table 4). Sen et al. (2004) have reported similar observations whereby the neck and shoulder was heavier (p<0.01) in goats than sheep. The findings are also in line with the observations by Mahgoub and Lodge (1998) and Cameron et al. (2001) who reported that male goats deposit relatively more weight in the forequarters than in the hindquarters.
In addition, other workers too reported higher values in the anterior rib and shoulder joint of goats compared with those of sheep (Santos et al., 2008). The observed species differences in joint proportions in the shoulder and slight difference in the neck and breast could be due to differences on the posture adopted by the two species while grazing. It has been noted that, goats in semiarid and arid regions mainly subsist on browsing shrubs and trees, requiring erect and extended neck posture with a two legs stance (Bhatta et al., 2001). This habit could have partly contributed to the observed differences in the joints related to forequarters. The proportion of chump from sheep carcasses was higher (p<0.05) than goat carcasses, which could be due to differences in fatty tissue deposition. Consequently, comparisons of absolute values with those from other studies are difficult in relation to commercial carcass joints due to variability in method and between workers in jointing the primal cuts. In the present study, however attempts were taken to use clearly anatomical boundaries.
Least squares means of muscles in joints in sheep and goats in absolute weight and weight as percent of total half carcass muscle weight are shown in Table 5. The leg and main rib of sheep joints contained significantly greater proportion of muscle (28.83% vs 27.08%, 7.62% vs 6.36%) and lower proportion in the shoulder joints (20.28% vs 23.56%) than goats. In sheep carcasses, proportion of muscle relative to total muscle was greater in leg joint followed by shoulder, neck, loin, midrib, main rib, chump and breast in decreasing order.
The greater proportion of muscle in leg and main rib joints for sheep are contrary to the previous results reported by Santos et al. (2008) where sheep had lower proportion than goats. However, greater (p<0.001) proportions of muscle in the shoulder joints and total muscle in the carcass of goats compared with sheep are in agreement with the previous reports (Sen et al., 2004; Santos et al., 2008). The distribution of fat in each individual joint of sheep and goats relative to total fat is presented in Table 6 where a greater fat content in sheep agrees with the results obtained by Sen et al. (2004) in carcass cuts. Despite sheep having greater fat proportions in most joints, the weight of the proportions of muscle was significantly greater in the shoulder, neck and breast of goat carcasses resulting into greater proportions of edible yields (Table 7).
The current observations in this study are in line with the results obtained by Tshabalala et al. (2003) who found that although Damara and Dorper sheep contained a greater proportion of fat in most cuts, the Boer goat had a significantly greater proportion of muscle in the neck. Data on bone components in each individual joint expressed on basis of total carcass bones of sheep and goats are presented in Table 8. The shoulder and breast joints of sheep carcasses had significantly lower proportion of bones (18.58% vs 20.96% and 7.65% vs 9.22%) than goat carcasses. Observation from the current study shows that, the difference in bone proportion between sheep and goats in most of joints studied were not significant. The observed similarities in the proportion of bones in most joints of these species could be explained by the early maturing nature of bone tissue (Berg and Butterfield, 1976; Kerth et al., 2007). Bone matures early in lifetime such that its turnover rate is slower than that of fat and muscles latter in life (Atti et al., 2006).
There were no species differences in muscle to bone and edible yield to bone ratios in most of the joints studied (Table 9). Although not significant, goats had superior edible yield to bone ratios in leg, chump, loin and midrib, and shoulder joints and inferior edible yield to bone ratios in main rib and breast joints. The findings may have important implications in marketing of meat from sheep and goats. The results suggest that some joints, which have favourable superior edible yield to bone ratios such as leg, chump, loin, midrib and breast in both sheep and goats should be sold at a greater price than other joints. Consumers in the niche markets are expected to pay more for purchasing such joints although further studies on the willingness of consumers to pay for producing such tender joints are needed.


It is concluded that there are differences in carcass yield, carcass composition and that of joints between sheep and goat from the traditional system. Goats should be valued as a different species compared to sheep and that marketing strategies of the carcasses from the two species may be different. However, due to the relatively small sample size used in the current study, further research would be needed to develop recommendations for commercial practice.


The financial support from ENRECA IGMAFU Project 841 funded by DANIDA at the Department of Animal Science and Production of Sokoine University of Agriculture is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are also due to the department of Meat Processing Technology of Dodoma Regional Vocational Education Training and Services Centre for permission to use its facilities during the study.

Figure 1
Carcass joints (modified from Calheiros and Neves, 1968).
Table 1
Least-squares means of killing out characteristics of goat and sheep from traditional system
Variable Species
Sheep Goat
Weights (kg)
  Slaughter live BW 22.29a 20.50b 0.55 *
  Empty body weight (EBW) 20.17a 18.67b 0.51 *
  Hot carcass weight (HCW) 9.43 9.68 0.30 NS
  Cold carcass weight 9.06 9.27 0.29 NS
  Chilling loss (%) 3.92 4.19 0.41 NS
Dressing percentages (%)
  HCW×100/BW 42.31b 47.15a 0.65 ***
  HCW×100/EBW 46.75b 51.79a 0.65 ***

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

SEM = Standard error of the mean; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (N.S);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn3-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn5-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 2
Least-squares means of carcass and non-carcass component yields of goat and sheep
Variable Species (kg) SEM p Species (%) SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
GIT (Full, % BW) 3.53a 3.09b 0.10 ** 15.84 15.10 0.27 NS
GIT (Fill, % BW) 1.45a 1.00b 0.11 ** 6.46a 4.92b 0.46 *
GIT (Empty) 2.08 2.09 0.08 NS 10.36 11.17 0.34 NS
Head 1.59a 1.27b 0.04 *** 7.90a 6.83b 0.13 ***
Skin 1.66a 1.39b 0.05 *** 8.23a 7.44b 0.17 **
Feet 0.52 0.56 0.02 NS 2.61b 3.02a 0.09 **
Internal organs 0.94 0.97 0.03 NS 4.70b 5.24a 0.15 *
Kidneys 0.07 0.08 0.01 NS 0.35 0.44 0.03 NS
Internal fat 0.07 0.11 0.03 NS 0.36 0.59 0.12 NS
Testicles 0.23 0.19 0.02 NS 1.16 1.02 0.10 NS
Tail 0.59a 0.02b 0.04 *** 2.91a 0.10b 0.18 ***
Total non-carcass 7.76a 6.68b 0.17 *** 38.58a 35.84b 0.54 ***

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

SEM = Standard error of the mean; GIT = Gastrointestinal tract;

p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn10-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn11-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn12-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 3
Least squares means of carcass compositions of left half carcass from sheep and goats
Variable Species
Sheep Goat
Left cold carcass weight (LCCW) 4.42 4.54 0.15 NS
Weights of tissues (kg)
  Muscle 2.93 3.25 0.11 NS
  Dissectible fat 0.33a 0.16b 0.03 **
  Bone 1.16 1.13 0.04 NS
  Muscle and fat 3.26 3.41 0.12 NS
Weights of tissues (% LCCW)
  Muscle 66.18b 71.64a 0.68 ***
  Dissectible fat 7.41a 3.44b 0.74 ***
  Bone 26.41 24.92 0.58 NS
  Muscle and dissectible fat 73.59 75.08 0.58 NS
Tissue ratio
  Muscle to bone 2.53b 2.90a 0.07 **
  Muscle and dissectible fat: Bone 2.82 3.04 0.09 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

SEM = Standard error of the mean; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn17-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn18-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 4
Least squares means of weight of joints in sheep and goats in absolute values (kg) and percentage (%) of left half carcass weight
Carcass joint Wt of joint (kg) SEM p Wt of joint (%) SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
Left carcass 4.42 4.54 0.15 NS 100 100 1
Leg 1.17 1.16 0.02 NS 26.51 25.72 0.32 NS
Chump 0.35 0.30 0.02 NS 7.91a 6.76b 0.32 *
Loin 0.43 0.41 0.02 NS 9.77 9.07 0.32 NS
Midrib 0.42 0.40 0.02 NS 9.48 8.84 0.32 NS
Main rib 0.36 0.32 0.02 NS 8.12a 7.07b 0.32 *
Shoulder 0.83b 1.03a 0.02 *** 18.89b 22.68a 0.32 ***
Breast 0.38 0.41 0.02 NS 8.48 8.90 0.32 NS
Neck 0.48 0.50 0.02 NS 10.85 10.96 0.32 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

SEM = Standard error of the mean; Wt = Weight; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn22-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn24-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 5
Least squares means of muscles in joints in sheep and goats in weight (kg) and percentage (%) of total half carcass muscle weight
Carcass joint Muscle wt (kg) SEM p Muscle wt (%) SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
Carcass musclec 2.93 3.25 0.11 NS 66.18b 71.64a 0.68 ***
Leg 0.84 0.88 0.02 NS 28.83a 27.08b 0.33 ***
Chump 0.21 0.22 0.02 NS 7.24 6.91 0.33 NS
Loin 0.29 0.29 0.02 NS 9.93 9.00 0.33 NS
Midrib 0.26 0.27 0.02 NS 8.78 8.24 0.33 NS
Main rib 0.22 0.21 0.02 NS 7.62a 6.36b 0.33 **
Shoulder 0.59b 0.76a 0.02 *** 20.28b 23.56a 0.33 ***
Breast 0.21b 0.27a 0.02 * 7.16 8.07 0.33 NS
Neck 0.30b 0.35a 0.02 * 10.16 10.79 0.33 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

c Muscle weight as % of total carcass weight.

SEM = Standard error of the mean; wt = Weight; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn29-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn30-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn31-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 6
Least square means of fat in joints in sheep and goats in absolute values (kg) and percentage (%) of half carcass fat weight
Carcass joint Wt of fat (kg) SEM p Wt of fat, % SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
Carcass fatc 0.33a 0.16b 0.03 ** 7.41 3.44 0.74 ***
Leg 0.06a 0.03b 0.01 ** 18.64 15.39 2.52 NS
Chump 0.06a 0.01b 0.01 *** 19.34a 8.74b 2.52 **
Loin 0.04a 0.02b 0.01 * 11.01 10.52 2.52 NS
Midrib 0.02 0.01 0.01 NS 6.56 8.58 2.52 NS
Main rib 0.01 0.01 0.01 NS 3.72 5.67 2.52 NS
Shoulder 0.03 0.03 0.01 NS 7.10 10.95 2.52 NS
Breast 0.08a 0.04b 0.01 *** 24.44b 32.09a 2.52 *
Neck 0.03a 0.01b 0.01 * 9.19 8.06 2.52 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

c Carcass fat as % of total carcass weight.

SEM = Standard error of the mean; Wt = Weight; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn36-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn37-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn38-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 7
Least squares means of edible joint yields in sheep and goats in absolute values (kg) and percentage (%) of half carcass edible yield
Carcass joint Edible yd (kg) SEM p Percent yd (%) SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
Carcass yield c 3.26 3.41 0.12 NS 73.59 75.08 0.58 NS
Leg 0.90 0.91 0.02 NS 27.85a 26.65b 0.35 *
Chump 0.27 0.24 0.02 NS 8.38a 7.03b 0.35 **
Loin 0.33 0.31 0.02 NS 10.10 9.16 0.35 NS
Midrib 0.28 0.28 0.02 NS 8.55 8.18 0.35 NS
Main rib 0.24 0.22 0.02 NS 7.24 6.28 0.35 NS
Shoulder 0.62b 0.79a 0.02 *** 19.04b 23.26a 0.35 ***
Breast 0.29 0.30 0.02 NS 8.79 8.80 0.35 NS
Neck 0.33 0.36 0.02 NS 10.05 10.64 0.35 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

c Carcass edible joint yield as % total carcass weight.

SEM = Standard error of the mean; yd = Yield; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn43-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn44-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn45-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 8
Least squares means of weight of bone in joints in goats and sheep in absolute values (kg) and percentage (%) of half carcass bone weight
Carcass joint Bone wt (kg) SEM p Bone wt (%) SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
Carcass bonec 1.16 1.13 0.04 NS 26.41 24.92 0.58 NS
Leg 0.26 0.26 0.01 NS 22.93 22.95 0.56 NS
Chump 0.08 0.07 0.01 NS 6.58 5.91 0.56 NS
Loin 0.10 0.10 0.01 NS 8.85 8.70 0.56 NS
Midrib 0.14 0.12 0.01 NS 12.11 10.80 0.56 NS
Main rib 0.12 0.11 0.01 NS 10.36 9.46 0.56 NS
Shoulder 0.22 0.23 0.01 NS 18.58b 20.96a 0.56 **
Breast 0.09 0.10 0.01 NS 7.65b 9.22a 0.56 *
Neck 0.15 0.14 0.01 NS 12.95 12.01 0.56 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

c Carcass bone as % of total carcass weight.

SEM = Standard error of the mean; wt = Weight; p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn50-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn51-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.

Table 9
Yield of carcass joints in sheep and goats as judged by muscle to bone and edible yield to bone ratios of half carcass
Carcass joint MB ratio SEM p EB ratio SEM p

Sheep Goat Sheep Goat
Carcass c 2.53b 2.90a 0.07 ** 2.82 3.04 0.09 NS
Leg 3.20 3.44 0.29 NS 3.44 3.56 0.40 NS
Chump 2.98b 3.79a 0.29 * 3.90 4.14 0.40 NS
Loin 3.06 3.55 0.29 NS 3.50 3.82 0.40 NS
Midrib 1.85 2.29 0.29 NS 2.00 2.38 0.40 NS
Main rib 2.61 1.99 0.29 NS 3.07 2.07 0.40 NS
Shoulder 2.77 3.27 0.29 NS 2.89 3.39 0.40 NS
Breast 2.40 2.59 0.29 NS 3.28 2.97 0.40 NS
Neck 2.09 2.66 0.29 NS 2.31 2.76 0.40 NS

a,b The means with different letters in the same row differ significantly (p<0.05).

c Muscle to bone and edible yield to bone ratios of whole carcass.

SEM = Standard error of the mean; MB = Muscle to bone; EB = Edible yield;

p = Level of significance; p>0.05 (NS);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn58-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.05 (*);

{ label (or @symbol) needed for fn[@id='tfn59-ajas-26-1-143-18'] } p<0.01 (**);

p<0.001 (***);

NS = Not significant.


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