Due to the increasing national Alpaca flock, there’s a growing need from Alpaca producers for information on Alpaca meat production. This study will investigate the fundamental meat quality parameters of Alpaca meat under Australian conditions, including optimal slaughter age and sex and the effect of quality enhancment techniques such as electrical stimulation and tender stretch at processing. Also, the differences in meat quality, of animals grazing different feed systems (pasture Vs pasture + supplement). The findings from these experiments will provide alpaca producers with fundamental information to assist with commercialisation of Alpaca meat beyond industry reliance on fibre as a sole product.
New and Emerging Animal Industries
The University of Sydney
1. To investigate the relationships between slaughter age (12, 14, 24 & 48 months) and sex of Alpacas under Australian conditions by comparing nutrient, carcase and sensory parameters associated with meat quality and furthermore investigate the benefits of value adding processing techniques such as electrical stimulation, on Alpaca carcases. 2. To compare alpaca carcases grazed under two different feeding systems (pasture only vs. pasture + supplementary feeding) to assess variation in overall carcase and meat quality parameters. In addition, tender stretching will be conducted as a carcass suspension technique on a subset of carcasses to establish the effect of this valueadding technique.
Project Start Date
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Project Completion Date
Friday, July 31, 2015
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