Twelve native Ossimi sheep and another twelve Suffolk X Ossimi animals were used in the present study. Six animals from each breed were slaughtered either at 35kg or at 55kg livebody weight (LBW). After slaughtering and skinning, the carcasses were chilled and cut. The results showed that the crossing had a marked effect on the relative weights of different prime cuts. The data revealed also that carcasses of the lighter animals had significantly higher percentages of shoulders and legs.
It is concluded that Suffolk sheep- can be used for improving meat production from the indigenous Egyptian sheep, and that the heavier animals may have lower yields of prime cuts.

A. A El-Shahat, M. M Mabrouk

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XV. Beef cattle, sheep and pig genetics and breeding, fibre, fur and meat quality., , 111–114, 1990
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