Carcass Characteristics of Bali and Ongole Crossbreed Cattle Fed with Sorghum Base
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The objective of the research was to evaluate carcass characteristics of Bali and Ongole crossbreed (PO) cattle fed with sorghum base. A total of 12 cattle were used for this research. Treatments were breed (Bali and Ongole crossbreed) and slaughter weight (average slaughter weight group 1/SWG 1 was 282 kg and average slaughter weight group 2/SWG 2 was 322 kg) with 3 cattle for each treatment. Parameters observed were those related to carcass characteristics. Result showed that carcass weight and percentage of Bali and PO cattle were not significantly different for both SWG 1 and SWG 2. Both Bali and PO cattle still were not reach optimum slaughter weight. Measurement of carcass component on half carcass, Bali cattle has higher proportion of lean than PO cattle in SWG 1 (P<0,05), whereas in SWG 2 PO cattle has higher fat trim than Bali Cattle. In addition, measurement on quarter of carcass, Bali cattle has higher meat proportion on forequarter than PO cattle in SWG 1 (P<0,05). While O cattle has higher fat trim proportion than Bali cattle both in SWG 1 and SWG 2 (P<0,05). In conclusion Bali cattle has higher distribution of meat on forequarter carcass than PO, in contrast PO cattle has higher meat distribution on hindquarter carcass.
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