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Predicting Impact of Nutritional Strategies on Carcase Quality
Variation is inherent to living systems in the pig sector, but precision pork production can help to control growth and carcase quality....
MRSA in Conventional and Alternative Retail Pork Products
Research in the US has confirmed the presence of Staphylococcus aureus on raw pork products in the United States, regardless of whether it was produced conventionally or from animals raised without antibiotics or antibiotic growth promoters. ...
Use of Animal-based Measures to Assess Welfare of Broilers
Animal-based measures (ABM) can be used effectively in the on-farm evaluation of broiler welfare in relation to laws, codes of practice, quality assurance schemes, management and also partly for ante-mortem inspection, according to a new report for the...
Global Overview for Avian Influenza
Since 2003, H5N1 bird flu has killed or forced the culling of more than 400 million domestic poultry and caused an estimated US$20 billion in economic damage across the globe before it was eliminated from most of the 63 countries infected at its peak...
Individual Factors Associated with L- and H-Type BSE in France
In what they believe is the first study of atypical cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in France, researchers based in Lyon found that the cases were detected in animals much older than for the classical form of the disease. ...
Waveform and Voltage Settings in Electrical Waterbath Stunning
The waveforms required different amounts of current to achieve 90 per cent stunning, according to new research from Germany and the Netherlands. Results with alternating current indicating stun to kill and there was more wing–flapping, and female broilers...
Bedding Study: Less Can be Better
The standard in the US industry is to use four bales of bedding per semi-trailer but new research challenges that set amount, according to the National Pork Board....
Reduction of Transport–Induced Stress on Finishing Pigs by Increasing Lairage Time
A longer lairage time allowed the pigs transported a short distance to recover from transport stress, according to new research from Spain....
Sustainable and Ethically Farmed Meat Key to Meeting Global Demand
Animal welfare in meat production is an issue that is gaining interest with consumers, writes Mark Zieg from the Meat Division, Bord Bia – Irish Food Board. ...
Welfare Considerations Can be Significant for Business
From the time that birds arrive at the slaughterhouse to the time at which they have been slaughtered, there are several key welfare considerations, writes Paul Cook director of RL Consulting. ...
Market Impact of EU Regulations on Group Housing of Sows
Updating an earlier report, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) forecasts that, following the partial ban on sow stalls in the EU from January 2013, pig production in the region is likely to fall by between five and 10 per cent and that processors and retailers...
Effect of Holding Temperature, Shackling on Broiler Breast Meat Quality
Temperature and handling before slaughter affected the colour and texture of the breast muscle in an experiment in Alberta, Canada, but researchers commented that the differences may not be significant commercially. Differences in the muscle quality attributable...
Abattoir Data Warning System for Emerging Pig Diseases
Condemnation information regarding lungs with pneumonia would not have provided useful data for detecting disease outbreaks in pigs in the region, according to scientists at the University of Guelph but partial condemnation data pertaining to kidneys...
Welfare–Friendly Husbandry through Genetics: Animal Well-Being
Gene polymorphisms influencing stress reactivity open the way to marker-assisted selection to reduce stress and improve robustness of animals, contributing to animal well-being as well as improved product quality, according to the final scientific report...
Turkey Production in the EU
European production of turkeys remains rather stable at 1.8 million tons since the crisis of avian influenza in 2006, according to AVEC, the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU Countries, in its annual report for 2011....
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