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Pork Checkoff Research

Research is at the heart of the National Pork Board’s mission and is funded by your Pork Checkoff dollars. Research is administered in all areas of pork production, processing, and human nutrition to develop a higher quality and more profitable product in the competitive meat protein market.

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Animal Welfare
Determining the efficacy and safety of differing caliber/ammunition combinations for the humane euthanization and subsequent mass depopulation of market weight pigs.
The global pandemic attributable to the COVID-19 virus has severely disrupted the U.S. pork supply chain over the past few months as many packer/processors have closed and(or) restricted their scope...
Animal Welfare
Field evaluation of humane pig euthanasia using a dump trailer as a CO2 chamber
In the summer of 2018, African swine fever virus was detected in China, highlighting the need renewed preparation efforts in the United States against foreign animal diseases. Since 2018, many...
Swine Health - General Disease
Evaluating the effect of natural planned exposure on gilt immunity and passive immunity in their piglets via genotype specific rotavirus A and C ELISA
Historically in the United States, RVA infections were considered the more prevalent. However, recent studies indicate RVA and RVC infections are more common in piglets <21 days of age. Some RVA...
Swine Health-PRRS
Rapid detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus using real-time MinION nanopore sequencing
PRRSV is one of the most important pathogens affecting swine worldwide. The main characteristic that makes PRRSV a difficult pathogen to control is the genetic diversity of the virus and the frequent...
Animal Welfare
Depopulation methods in swine: what has been done and what are the knowledge gaps
Mass depopulation refers to the need of ending the life of large numbers of animals due to emergencies. This need could arise, for example, when we face disease epidemics (especially for pathogens...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Development of ASFV-specific monoclonal antibodies and mAb-based blocking ELISA
Historically, the greatest threats to the US swine production are from foreign animal diseases, such as African swine fever (ASF). ASF virus (ASFV) infection can have a deleterious effect on swine...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
African swine fever surveillance using oral fluids for rapid detection and disease control
The main objective of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of utilizing swine oral fluids as a reliable aggregate sample type for early detection of African swine fever (ASF). At present, the...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluating the prevalence and distribution of African swine fever virus during feed manufacture, as well as feed mill decontamination measures
The feed supply chain can be a significant risk of pathogen transfer. While historically, farms have evolved to have biosecurity limiting farm-to-farm interaction, there continues to be gaps in swine...
Environment - Air
Evaluation of current products for use in deep-pit swine manure storage structures for mitigation of odors and reduction of NH3, H2S, and VOC emissions form stored swine manure
The United States is one of the top 3 countries in producing pork. It generates lots of profits and jobs, but this industry also generates lots of odor and gaseous emissions. This unwanted side...
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Comparison of antibiotic treatment regimens for naturally occurring, multi-etiology disease challenges in commercial wean-to-finish facilities
Objectives of this study were to compare the efficacy of current water-soluble and injectable antibiotic treatment regimens during naturally occurring, multi-etiologic swine disease challenges...
AS- Swine Nutrition
Improving performance of finishing pigs with supplemental Val, Ile, and Trp: Validating a meta-analysis model
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are a collective group of amino acids (AA) made up of Leucine (Leu), Valine (Val), and Isoleucine (Ile). These three AA all share the first steps of catabolism, and...
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Defining the percentage of pigs raised without antibiotics for a label claim
Consumer demand for pork carrying various claims of alternative production practices is constantly changing and determining the size of these markets is critical for research and development efforts...
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