Acta Vet. Brno 2018, 87: 293-300

Carcass and meat quality traits of Saanen goat kids reared under natural and artificial systems and slaughtered at different ages

Hulya Yalcintan, Pembe Dilara Akin, Nursen Ozturk, Bulent Ekiz, Omur Kocak, Alper Yilmaz

Istanbul University, Veterinary Faculty, Department of Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Istanbul, Turkey

Received December 29, 2017
Accepted June 27, 2018

Production of high-quality carcass and meat from goat kids may contribute to an increase in goat farming profitability. The aim was to compare carcass and meat quality traits of Saanen goat kids raised under natural (NR) and artificial (AR) rearing systems and slaughtered at 80 days and 120 days of age. The AR kids were separated from their dams immediately after birth and were fed with a commercial milk replacer, while the NR kids suckled their mothers. The rearing type did not affect the average daily gain, slaughter weight, hot carcass weight, empty body weight, commercial dressing percentage, subjective conformation and fatness scores. In parallel with the increase in slaughter age, the slaughter weight, hot carcass weight, empty body weight and subjective carcass conformation score increased. The rearing type had no effect on instrumental meat quality traits, except for meat Lightness (L*) and Hue values. Meat from NR kids had higher L* and Hue values 1 h and 24 h after cutting than those of AR kids. Warner-Bratzler shear force value increased with the slaughter age, but the meat lightness decreased. The ultimate pH was generally high in all groups, ranging between 5.94 and 6.10. The panellists evaluated the meat from NR kids to be more tender and juicy and also gave the highest tenderness scores to the meat obtained from the kids slaughtered at 80 days of age. As a conclusion, the slaughter age may be more determinant than the rearing type in the occurrence of carcass and meat quality characteristics.


The study was supported by the Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit of Istanbul University (Project Number: 41327 and BEK-24711).


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