A.S. Series 71-42
Muscle cell size has been associated with overall muscle or meat yield in past research. Recent European reports indicate relationships between muscle cell size and number and pork quality. A small sample of muscle, removed surgically from a breeding animal, could be evaluated and the results utilized in selection decisions if muscle cell characteristics do indicate meat quality and quantity traits. This study was initiated to determine if the reported relationships could be observed.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State College
Costello, W. J.; Smith, R. J.; and Gilster, K. E., "An Evaluation of Muscle Fiber size and Number as Indicators of Pork Quality and Meatiness" (1971). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1971. 14.