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SOGUNLE, O.M. et al. Comparison of meat composition and sensory values of two different strains of broiler chickens. Arch. zootec. [online]. 2010, vol.59, n.226, pp.311-314. ISSN 1885-4494.

This study was designed to compare chemical composition and quality of carcass parts of 99 broiler chickens of Arbor acre and Marshal MY strains, respectively at the Teaching and Research Farm, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. At the 56th day of the experiment, 6 birds per replicate were slaughtered after euthanization for carcass analysis and evaluation. The meat samples from the breast and thigh muscles were analyzed for proximate composition. The data obtained were subjected to a t-test at 5% significant level. The results on the proximate composition (p<0.05) of the muscles showed that values obtained for the thigh gross energy (2.11 kcal/g), thigh dry matter (28.73%), thigh fibre diameter (5.24 mm), thigh fat (8.08%), breast dry matter (29.88%) and breast fibre diameter (5.54 mm) were higher in Marshal MY strain. Hence, it was concluded that meat quality is a function of genotype and environmental factors.

Keywords : Breast; Thigh.

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