Carcass and meat quality in possums (Trichosurus vulpecula)

58 possums (28 males and 30 females), captured from the wild and aged 1 to >5 yr, were studied. Males were heavier than females at the same age. Carcass weight increased significantly with age. Age had a more pronounced effect on carcass composition and meat quality than sex. At all ages, and in both sexes, carcasses were high in dissected lean (78-80%) and low in fat (0.8-2.6%). Meat was very high in protein (24-26%) and low in fat (1.4-2.0%). Tenderometer results showed that possums of all ages produced meat which would be rated as acceptably tender.

Author B. W. Hogg, L. M. Catcheside, G. J. K. Mercer, A. J. Pearson and M. G. Ashby
Year 1990
Secondary title Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal P
Volume 50
Pages 293-295