Relationships between carotenoid concentration, chromameter (L* a* b*), and subjective measurements of fat colour were calculated from 15 mobs of cattle. Carotenoid concentration accounted for 60% of the variation in b* (n=514), but b* accounted for only 16% of the variation in subjectively measured fat colour (n=732). Neither the inclusion of other variables (e.g. carcass weight or fat depth) nor transformation of the data substantially improved these relationships.

TW, Knight, AF Death, CJ Boom, and AJ Litherland

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 58, , 256-258, 1998
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