Meat production potential of mountain reedbuck

Author: 
L.R. Irby
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1
67
76
Year: 
1 975

Thirty-nine adult mountain reedbuck (Redunco fulvorufula) were collected on the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve during 1971-72. Dressing percentages ranged from 44,0-62,4%. Seasonal variation in carcass masses and dressing percentages was pronounced with carcasses collected during July-October averaging 41% lighter for males and 24% lighter for females than those collected during March-June. These differences may have been accentuated to some extent through age bias in the small sample taken, but tests on age indices based on tooth wear and horn ring counts indicate that age bias contributed little to the observed differences.

 

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