how does stress effect meat quality

May 11, 2022

The Effects of Stress on Venison Quality Prior to and During Harvest: What is ‘Ultimate pH’ (pHu) and Myoglobin in Meat Anyway

By now a couple things should be pretty clear: 1.) The pressures of hunting can cause both acute and chronic stress in animals and will depend on the context of both the animal and the season/particular hunt that results in the harvest; 2.) The influence of long-term environmental stress on deer during the hunting season and the influence of short-term stress caused by the actual harvesting of the animal, those forces work in opposite directions. Seasonal, long-term chronic stress lowers ultimate pH of the meat while the act of harvesting the animal - the short-term acute stress of being culled - increases its ultimate pH...
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