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Evaluation of meat from slow-growing broilers.

Evaluation of meat from slow-growing broilers.

Evaluation of meat from slow-growing broilers.

 

It is believed that by growing chickens in a semi-intensive system and giving them more time to attain maturity, muscle abnormalities in slower growing chickens might be reduced. A recent study evaluated carcass quality, composition and consumer evaluation of meat from slow-growing broilers compared with commercial broilers

Consumer demand for chickens as a primary source of animal protein has contributed to the growth of the broiler industry around the world. In the last couple of decades, advances in genomics, management practices and improved nutrition have made modern broiler birds grow at a faster rate and they can now reach market weight (2 kg) as early as 5 to 6 weeks.

Muscle abnormalities in chickens

Studies suggest that in fast-growing birds intensive muscle growth causes increased muscle abnormalities such as woody breast and white striping. It is therefore believed that by growing chickens in a semi-intensive system and giving them more time to attain maturity, muscle abnormalities might be reduced.

Increasing demand for slow-growing broilers

Market demand for slow-growing broiler chickens is steadily increasing. New strains of slow-growing broilers are being introduced to meet this demand. The Indbro coloured broiler is such a strain that was developed to cater to demand for slow-growing broiler meat.

Meat quality for slow-growing breeds

Meat from slow-growing breeds is less tender and less juicy than meat from conventional chicken breeds and consumer preferences may be affected by perceptions and labels rather than by actual sensory characteristics.

A new broiler strain

A new broiler strain introduced as an alternative to native birds and commercial fast-growing broilers, uses the tropical adaptability, disease resistance, and colourful plumage of native breeds and at the same time the feed efficiency and growth rate of broiler breeds. This alternative needed to be evaluated to help both producers and consumers make informed decisions.

 

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