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Handling and Transport of Pigs - A Report to the Industry
This article by Penny Lawlis, Humane Standards Officer at OMAFRA, provides tips on improvement of transport of pigs from the producers' perspective as well as that of the pig's....
Studies Step up Battle Against Illegal Growth Promoters
Due to the economic benefits that can be gained from the use of illegal growth promoters in beef cattle, their illegal administration continues, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris....
Using Pigs to Grow Tomatoes with Biogas
An innovative eco-friendly pig farm of the future is the dream of a Danish pig farmer, Soren Hansen and the concept of a PhD architecture student, Nee Rentz Petersen, writes TheMeatSite senior editor, Chris Harris....
Risk Assessment of Animal Welfare during Stunning and Slaughter
Different conditions on farms, in fields, at abattoirs, in the laboratory and in emergencies can determine the choice of methods for stunning and killing of animals, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris. Produced for the European Food Safety...
The Science Behind Fish Welfare and Food Safety
It is well known that the welfare of farmed fish can have dramatic affects on food quality, but, the relationship between farmed fish and food safety is yet to be fully understood, writes Adam Anson, TheMeatSite....
Effects of Temperature and Transportation Distances on Pork Quality
Factors beyond the farm gate can affect the quality pork product, among them temperature and time in transport. This study, by Ray Hansen (Iowa State University) and Kelly and Nina Biensen (Eden Natural State Center) examines how these factors affect...
MHS Meets Changes over the Year
The last year has seen a shake up in the management and organisation of the Meat Hygiene Services in the UK, writes TheMeatSite senior Editor, Chris Harris....
Welfare of Farmed Animals at Slaughter or Killing
The second report by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) dealing with the Welfare of Farmed Animals at Slaughter or Killing deals specifically with animals with white meat, namely meat chickens (broilers), laying hens, turkeys, ducks, geese, gamebirds...
Slaughter, Processing, and Sales Guidelines for Small-scale Producers
The inspection status of a poultry slaughter establishment determines where the poultry products can be distributed and sold - this is one of the main focuses of a new report from Iowa State University on poultry slaughter, processing and sales guidelines...
The Secret Behind Tender Pork
Many factors influence tenderness, for example the properties of the live animal, the treatment of the carcases at the abattoir and the choice of cooking method, writes Margit Dall Aaslyng, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Danish Meat Research Institute....
Animal Antibiotics, Resistance and Human Health
Antibiotics are a vital component to rearing healthy livestock, but many researchers argue that mismanaged use is having a detrimental effect on the industry, writes Adam Anson for TheMeatSite....
Automatic Washing Machinery for Pig Transporters
Washing and disinfecting the vehicles used to transport pigs is no easy matter. The manual process has to be carried out every time a vehicle has delivered pigs to the abattoir. A Danish company in collaboration with the Danish Meat Research Institute...
Stunning of Slaughter Pigs with CO2
A pilot study at the Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen University in the Netherlands investigated the effect of adding O2 to a CO2 concentration at stunning during the slaughter process, on animal welfare....
Animal Health and Food Safety as Trade Issues
Concerns over animal health and food production methods have been dogging trade talks for a considerable time, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris....
Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing
Every year nearly 360 million pigs, sheep, goats and cattle as well as more than four billion poultry are killed in EU slaughterhouses, writes TheMeatSite senior editor Chris Harris....
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