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How to select the best livestock for slaughter?
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The Health Aspect
The obvious mark of a healthy animal is a quick, smart appearance with well-disposed body reflexes. When such animals move, they do so steadily with ease, not jerkily or with difficulty. Ordinary signs of ill-health should not escape the attention of the individuals making selection. Abnormal conditions like a high breathing rate, high temperature and fever, a foamy or frothy mouth, diarrhoea and discharges of various sorts from the body are all evidence of a state of ill-health.
The Quality Aspect
A mature animal simply means a fully developed animal. Thus in sheep the following forms of maturity exist : Lambs (sheep under 1 year); yearlings (sheep about one year old), and mutton (sheep over 1 to 2 years old). Of importance is that some other selection criteria should engage the butcher's attention such as the weight of the animal, its build and shape.
Another yardstick of a meaty, good quality animal is the conformation or build of the animal which is seen in its stocky, rounded full-bodied nature. Such animals must also be short-necked, short-legged, and so on. Well-conformed animals are usually also well-fattened younger stock with fine-textured, palatable meat.