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Fattening system influences fatty acids composition in organic Maremmana bullocks

Sargentini, Clara; Martini, Andrea; Giorgetti, Alessandro; Tocci, Roberto and Lotti, Claudia (2014) Fattening system influences fatty acids composition in organic Maremmana bullocks. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 705-708.

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Organic UE Regulation No 889/2008 states that, in the choice of breeds or strains, account shall be taken of the capacity of animals to adapt to local conditions, their vitality and their resistance to disease. Preference is to be given to indigenous breeds and strains. Maremmana is a very rustic and long-lived Italian cattle breed, which seems to be the direct descendant of Italian aurochs (Bos primigenius) (Giorgetti et al., 2009). Selection has always been directed towards disease resistance and adaptation to the harsh environment, where Maremmana cattle live, and generally these cattle never are treated against parasites (Martini, 2001).
Maremmana cattle can graze all the year, utilizing, in the summer and winter periods, the Mediterranean scrub as source of food and refuge.
Rearing system, quality of the pasture and possible concentrate integrations can influence the quality of meat and its fatty acid composition. The aim of this research is to compare the fatty acid muscle composition of Maremmana bullocks reared in different fattening systems.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Maremmana cattle, fattening system, pasture, fatty acids
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Italy > Univ. Firenze
Deposited By: Martini, professor Andrea
ID Code:23528
Deposited On:02 Oct 2013 14:20
Last Modified:12 Dec 2014 09:14
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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