African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6688

Full Length Research Paper

A modified skin slice with subcutaneous fat and carcass weight without this slice as indicators of total lean meat and fat content in poultry carcasses

Roman Bochno , Daria Murawska* and Danuta Michalik
Department of Commodity Science and Animal Improvement, Faculty of Animal Bioengineering, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Oczapowskiego 5, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 November 2013
  •  Published: 30 November 2013


A method for obtaining a modified skin slice with subcutaneous fat in different poultry species, including chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, was proposed in the study. The weight of the modified skin slice was highly correlated with the total content of subcutaneous and intermuscular fat, including skin, in the carcass. Carcass weight without the modified slice was found to be a good indicator of total lean meat content. The derived simple regression equations for predicting the content of lean meat and fat with skin in the carcass, with the above traits as independent variables, were characterized by very small standard errors of the estimate.


Key words: Skin slice, poultry, carcass, fatness, prediction.