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Effects of Trailer Design on Animal Welfare and Meat Quality
The pot-belly trailer had no adverse effects of pig welfare or meat quality in a study reported by researchers based in Canada and Spain. Pietrain-cross pigs (50 per cent Pietrain) were more susceptible to transport stress but pork quality was acceptable,...
Feasibility of Introducing Methods to Reduce Shedding of E. coli O157 in Cattle
The use of probiotics in feed, vaccination of animals and a combined package of eight biosecurity measures were the main methods a study by the British Food Standards Agency found for on-farm controls for reducing E. coli O157 shedding in cattle....
Physiological Responses to Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning and Implications for Welfare
Low atmospheric pressure stunning is a humane approach that has the potential to improve welfare of poultry at slaughter according to a new study from researchers at the University of Glasgow and Wagenigen University in the Netherlands....
Welfare, Carcase and Meat Quality of Pigs in Transport
The type of vehicle used to transport pigs and the location of the animal in the truck as well as the season of the year affect the welfare of pigs during transport....
Immunocastration and DDGS Effects on Pig Carcases
Although immunocastrating pigs led to lower carcase yields, the pigs had a better feed conversion, according to research by M. D. Asmus, M. D. Tokach, S. S. Dritz, J. L. Nelssen, R. D Goodband, and J. M. DeRouchey in a paper published for the K-State...
Effects of Low Atmosphere Stunning and Deboning Time on Broiler Breast Meat Quality
In a study looking at the impacts of stunning system on chicken breast quality, there were no significant differences between a low-atmosphere stunning process and the standard electrical method and products from both systems were equally acceptable to...
Influence of Enclosure Size on Breast and Leg Muscle Fibres
Bodyweight gain was greater for broilers raised to 42 days with more space but other performance measures were unaffected, according to new research from Sao Paulo University in Brazil. The researchers found that space allowance for older birds affected...
AVEC Annual Report 2012: Animal Welfare and Health
In its annual report for 2012, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries, AVEC, describes the progress that has been made over the last year on the appropriate use of antimicrobials, the Commission's Animal Welfare Strategy...
Pre-Processing Handling in Broilers
There are a number of factors during pre-processing handling that can potentially influence carcass quality. Understanding these provides the basis for good management and welfare practices, optimal carcass quality, and flock profitability, according...
Footpad Dermatitis in Dutch Broiler Flocks
Footpad dermatitis was frequently observed in Dutch fast-growing broiler flocks, with around two-thirds of the bird studied having some degree of lesions, according to new research from Wageningen University. Among the many factors that affected the severity...
Broiler Trailer Thermal Conditions during Cold Climate Transport
During cold winter conditions, Saskatoon researchers found moisture removal and the re-distribution of heat were key to providing the most comfortable conditions for broilers during transportation. ...
Meat Quality and Sensory Attributes of a Conventional and a Label Rouge-type Broiler Strain
Cooked thigh meat from conventionally reared broilers scored higher than that from Label Rouge-type alternatives for most of the sensory attributes, according to new research from the US. Strain differences for cooked breast were minimal. ...
Animal Welfare and its Effects on Carcase and Meat Quality
Several initiatives, including research and development, increasing stakeholders' awareness and application of legislation and recommendation, have been carried out in Latin America to promote animal welfare and meat quality....
Transport Effects of Stress on Pigs and Pork Quality
Improvements in truck design and optimisation of handling and transport practices will reduce most of the stress experienced by pigs during long transport, according to a report in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre. The study was carried...
Major Discovery in Fight Against Streptococcal Infections
Group B streptococcus, or Streptococcus agalactiae, is responsible for infections of the bovine mammary gland (mastitis), and can also cause serious diseases in humans (e.g. pneumonia, meningitis, septicemia), particularly in neonates....
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