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Table 4 Effect of treatment on carcass characteristics (Least squares means ± SEM)

From: Performance and carcass characteristics of Australian purebred and crossbred lambs supplemented with Rice Bran

  Control Rice bran low Rice bran high P value
Pre-slaughter weight (kg)a 46.0 ± 1.1 46.0. ± 1.8 44.2 ± 2.1 0.3150ns
HCW (kg)b 21.3 ± 0.8 20.4 ± 1.1 19.4 ± 1.4 0.3609ns
CCW (kg)c 21.0 ± 0.7 20.1 ± 1.1 19.1 ± 1.4 0.3417ns
Dressing percentage (%) 46.2 ± 1.2 44.4 ± 1.6 43.5 ± 1.5 0.6819ns
Fat thickness (mm) 4.5 ± 0.3 4.3 ± 0.5 3.8 ± 0.5 0.1602ns
Body wall thickness (mm) 15.2 ± 0.7 17.1 ± 1.1 14.2 ± 1.3 0.1639ns
GR fat score (1–5) 3.5 ± 0.2 4.0 ± 0.3 3.1 ± 0.3 0.0912ns
Yield grade 2.2 ± 0.1 2.1 ± 0.2 1.9 ± 0.2 0.1596ns
Rib eye area (cm2) 15.0 ± 0.5 15.3 ± 0.8 14.5 ± 0.9 0.5246ns
BCTRC%d 48.8 ± 0.2 48.8 ± 0.3 49.2 ± 0.4 0.4228ns
OTH trade ($AU)e 106.3 ± 3.8 102.2 ± 5.6 97.0 ± 7.2 0.4398ns
  1. aPre-slaughter weight is the weight of animals (minus Merino ewes) prior to transport for slaughter. bHCW = Hot carcass weight. cCCW = Cold carcass weight. dBCTRC% = Boneless, Closely Trimmed Retail Cuts. eOTH = Over the hooks trade (this was based on 500¢AU return per kg of HCW). Level of significance: ns not significant (p > 0.05)