Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Dinh, Thu T.N.

Committee Member

Rivera, Daniel

Committee Member

Coatney, Kalyn

Date of Degree

4-30-2021

Original embargo terms

Complete embargo for 1 year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Agriculture

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences

Abstract

Two hundred and nine beef carcasses (361 ± 53 kg) from crossbred, grain-finished cattle harvested in a commercial packing plant and evaluated for marbling score, core temperature (n=1), pH, shrinkage, color, and aerobic plate count (n=50) for 24, 48, 72, and 96 h under spray chilling. There were minimal changes in shrinkage among time points (-0.4 to 1.2%; P ≤ 0.002), pH (5.56 to 5.69; P ≤ 0.001), and APC (0.1 to 0.7 log; P ˂ 0.001). Marbling score values were converted to numeric values of 200 (Practically Devoid00) to 1100 (Abundant00). Carcasses with SM or greater marbling score at 24 h had a 34 to 60 points deduction after 96 h of spray chilling (P ≤ 0.042), the SL carcasses had an increase marbling score, from 442 to 469 points. Moreover, SL carcasses had a greater percentage of PUFA (P < 0.001).

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