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|
|Secondary title||Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal P|