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Animal Review

September 2014, Volume 1, 3, pp 37-44

Influence of Dehydrated Medicago Sativa on Quality Characteristics of Marchigiana Beef

Giuseppe Martino


Lisa Grotta


Valentina Ponzielli

Giuseppe Martino 1 ,

Lisa Grotta 1 Valentina Ponzielli 1 
  1. Faculty of BioSciences and Technologies for Agriculture Food and Environment, University of Teramo, Mosciano S.A., Italy 1


The composition of cattle diets is one the most important parameters influencing meat quality .Effects of pasture alone and supplementation with dehaydrated Medicago sativa on carcass and meat quality were studied in Marchigiana beef cattle, in particular lipid and stability.
Meat quality measurements were made on Longissimus dorsi (LD) muscle in 20 animals slaughtered at 660-700 kg.
The amount of lipids in the control group was lower with higher percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), especially linoleic (C18:2) and linolenic (C18:3) acid. There were significant differences (P≤0.01) of TBARS values that were higher in the group fed with supplementation of Medicago sativa than in the other group, the control one.

Contribution/ Originality
Today people try more and more to replace soybean with other GMO-free protein foods. This study documents how the use of dehydrated Alfalfa meal in calf nutrition instead of soybean enriches the meat in polyunsaturated acids but, at the same time, promotes the processes of lipid oxidation.



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