Carcass characteristics of llamas (Lama glama) reared in Central Chile
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Body and carcass composition were studied on 10 male and 10 female naturally reared llamas (Lama glama). Half the animals were young (9±12 months) and the other half adult (>3 year) . The average live weights for young and adult males were 104.4 and 100.6 kg, and for females 67.6 and 104.6 kg, respectively. Average carcass weights for the four groups were 58.9, 56.2, 36.8 and 56.7 kg, respectively. Carcass composition for males and females was similar, but males had slightly higher dressing percentages than females (56.1 and 55.8 vs. 54.1 and 54.2 for young and adult males and females, respectively). Carcass length and fat depth at the loin and proportions of cuts in the carcass were similar for both the sexes, except for leg and tail, which were proportionately heavier in young females compared to the other groups. The composition of meat on fresh basis was: moisture 70.2%, protein 20.5%, ether extract 8.23% and ash 3.4%. Age and sex seemed to have no effects on the body and carcass characteristics studied nor on the chemical composition of meat. # 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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