Articles | Volume 64, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 199–210, 2021
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 199–210, 2021

Original study 27 May 2021

Original study | 27 May 2021

The influence of age and sex on carcass characteristics and chemical composition of the longissimus thoracis et lumborum muscle in wild boars (Sus scrofa)

Tomasz Żmijewski and Monika Modzelewska-Kapituła

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Short summary
The effect of wild boars' age and sex on the quality of the carcass composition and meat quality was studied. The highest percentage of lean meat in the carcass and a moderate fat and bone content were found in male boars (1–3 yr). Higher fat content was found in females from all age groups, and a lower bone content was noted in yearlings (1–2 yr) and adult (2–3 yr) females. The chemical composition of the loin was most desirable in adults (2–3 yr) and least desirable in piglets (< 1 yr).