Meat quality traits as a function of cow maturity
To investigate the physico‐chemical and sensory properties of striploin muscles, 90 Hanwoo carcasses (QG 1+) were randomly selected within six maturity levels (4 to 9 according to age in months). Results demonstrated that the protein contents at maturity levels 4 and 5 were significantly higher than 9. No significant difference in fat, moisture and collagen contents were found at different maturity levels (P > 0.05). The quantity of collagen type I and ratio of type I to III were observed at higher maturity levels; collagen type III showed significantly high levels (P > 0.05) at low maturity and decreased with increase in maturity levels. Warner‐Bratzler shear force (WBSF) was significantly lower in groups 4 to 6, whereas water holding capacity (WHC) was significantly higher than maturity level 8 and 9 groups (P < 0.05). There were no significant differences in cooking loss among the maturity level groups (P > 0.05). Color properties, L* values of striploin muscle from maturity level 4 were significantly different from level 9 (P < 0.05). Sensory evaluation at level 4‐6 groups had significantly higher tenderness and overall likeness scores than level 9 (P < 0.05). The maturity levels were significantly correlated with age, fat, protein content, WHC, WBSF, cooking loss, CIE L* values and sensory properties like tenderness, juiciness, flavor‐likeness and overall likeness.
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