Meat production from moose

J Hansson, G Malmfors
1978 Genetics Selection Evolution  
In conclusion, it must be emphasized that the successful use of simulation programs in game management is entirely dependent on true estimates of population parameters. For short periods, perhaps as long as 5 years, such a program could well be an effective tool in management, but then it must be fed with new estimates of population parameters. These estimates will probably have to be elaborated with the help of air censuses in the initial stages of moose management, but experience from other
more » ... rience from other fields of statistical application favours the possibility of using more indirect methods of counting, for example collection and evaluation of the observations of hunters. Hopefully, a firm application of the results of population dynamics simulation will help to control our more or less exploding moose population, to the advantage of both moose and man. This investigation was undertaken in order to present actual data about the distribution of different tissues in moose carcasses of both sexes and of varying age. The carcass weight of the half-year-old calves averaged nearly 8o kg, indicating a high daily gain during the first grazing season. Carcass weight of old male moose exceeded 200 kg. Most of the carcasses were lacking in depot fat and had little trim fat and tendons. The calves had a ligh proportion of bone compared with other animals. The proportion of lean meat reached 8 0 p. 100 for adult moose. There was more lean and less bone in the forequarter than in the hind quarter, the fat content being the same. The high proportion of retail cuts, compared with beef, was mainly explained by the fact that M. quadriceps lemoris is more developed in moose.
doi:10.1186/1297-9686-10-4-600a fatcat:d6xaebr3inaqhncp25o3xivuhi