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Fat contents of meat varieties

For BARFing and cooking your own dog food or cat food, it is important to know that different kinds of meat have different fat contents. This influences the necessary feeding amount and thus the daily calorie intake. 

If there are health peculiarities, it may be necessary to look specifically at the fat content in the feed and possibly adjust it. Knowledge of the fat content in the various kinds of meat makes it easier to select the possible types.

This may be the case, for example, if animals are very sensitive to a higher fat content in their feed due to pancreatic problems. These animals should be fed meat varieties with very low fat content. If, on the other hand, protein has to be reduced in the ration for health reasons, for example, it is advisable to feed fattier types of meat so that sufficient calories can still be fed with a low protein intake. 

Overview of fat contents of selected meats (all figures are approximate):

meat varieties up to 6 % fat:

duck meat without skin

4 %

deer meat

3 %

chicken breast fillet

1 %

chicken meat without skin

6 %

leg of veal

3 %

veal cutlet

2 %

veal fillet

3 %

veal goulash

5 %

kangaroo meat

2 %

horse meat

3 %

turkey breast

1 %

vension

4 %

beef tartar

3 %

beef tenderloin

4 %

beef leg

4 %

beef goulash (lean)

5 %

pork cutlet

2 %

pork tenderloin

2 %

ostrich meat

2 %

meat varieties 7-12 % fat:

veal mince

8 %

guinea fowl meat with skin

7 %

turkey thigh

9 %

partridge

9 %

beef neck (ridhe)

9 %

sheep goulash (lean)

7 %

goat meat

8 %

meat varieties > 12 % fat:

minced meat blend (pork, beef)

16 %

turkey meat with skin 

15 %

beef brisket (chuck rib)

22 %

beef goulash (fat)

13 %

ground beef

14 %

sheep breast

35 %

sheep goulash (fat)

22 %

sheep neck (neck)/shoulder

17 %

pork belly (fat)

29 %

pork mince 

20 %

pork neck

14 %

 

 

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