The inclusion of black cumin meal improves the carcass characteristics of growing Awassi lambs.

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Date: Jan. 2021
From: Veterinary World(Vol. 14, Issue 1)
Publisher: Veterinary World
Document Type: Article
Length: 3,139 words
Lexile Measure: 1460L

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Background and Aim: Black cumin meal (BCM) is the principal by-product that can be obtained from black cumin seed (Nigella sativa L) after the oil is removed from the fruit and represents 70-75% of the fruit weight. The aim of this experiment was to assess the influence of feeding BCM on the carcass characteristics and meat quality of growing lambs. Materials and Methods: Twenty-four Awassi lambs were randomly divided into two dietary treatments. The lambs were penned individually in single pens and provided access to ad libitum feed and water. The dietary treatments were no BCM (control [CON]; n=12) or 150 g BCM/kg (BCM 150; n=12) of dietary dry matter. Results: Lambs fed BCM had greater (p [less than or equal to] 0.01) fasting live BW, and hot and cold carcass weights. Leg fat and eye muscle depth were lower (p [less than or equal to] 0.05) in CON versus BCM lambs. Meat whiteness ([L.sup.*]), redness ([a.sup.*]), and yellowness did not differ between lambs fed the two diets. Conclusion: The inclusion of BCM improves lamb carcass characteristics, but does not affect lamb meat quality. Keywords: Awassi lambs, black cumin meal, carcass characteristics and meat quality.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A651817671