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Effects of clay on fat necrosis and carcass characteristics in Japanese Black steers
- Oka, Akio, Iwamoto, Eiji, Tatsuda, Ken
- Animal science journal = 2015 v.86 no.10 pp. 878-883
- Wagyu, average daily gain, beef, body weight, carcass characteristics, clay, color, fat thickness, longissimus muscle, marbling, necrosis, slaughter, steers, subcutaneous fat
- Twenty 10‐month‐old Japanese Black steers were used to evaluate the effects of clay on fat necrosis and carcass characteristics. Ten steers (Clay group) were fed the clay (50 g/day) during 10–30 months of age. The other 10 steers (Control group) were not fed it. There was no significant difference in body weight or average daily gain between the two groups (P > 0.05). The occurrence of fat necrotic mass in the Clay group (30%) was lower (P < 0.05) than that in the Control group (90%) at slaughter. The size of necrotic masses in the Clay group was smaller (P < 0.05) than that in the Control group. There was no significant difference in the marbling score, beef color, Longissimus muscle area or subcutaneous fat thickness between the two groups. These results suggest that the clay prevented the occurrence of fat necrosis and did not affect the carcass characteristics in Japanese Black steers.