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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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Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Detection of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in Pork Meat Products by PCR Assay
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease causing high mortality in members of the Suidae family. Besides animal health, the disease also imposes serious economic consequences,...
Swine Health - PRRS
Assessment of Sample Dilution and Number of Ropes Used for Detection of Swine Pens Infected with PRRS Early in the Course of Infection: a Pilot Study
This pilot study evaluated the impact of sharing ropes for sample collection between an infected pen and an uninfected pen. Further, it evaluated how the detection of a pathogen changed as the...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluation of Meat Juice as Sample Matrix for the Detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) Antigen and Nucleic Acids as Well as Antibodies to FMDV; and Comparison of 3 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Assays for FMDV in Swine Oral Fluids
Particular specimens are usually required for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) testing. These samples include liquid removed from blisters caused by FMDV (vesicular fluid), pieces of skin...
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Nursery-Finisher Disease Severity
Our goal was to better understand how to nutritionally manage poor-health pig flows to maximize pig performance in the face of disease pressures. Two objectives were addressed in three experimental...
Swine Health - PRRS
Field Investigation of the Effect of PRRSV Genetic Variability on Time-to-Stability
The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is one of the most economically important swine endemic disease in the United States, causing losses of about $664 million annually. One...
Human Nutrition
Influence of Fresh and Lean Pork Consumption on Diet Quality and Functional Limitations Among American Older Adults, 1999-2016
The two objectives of the project are to (1) assess the influence of fresh and lean pork consumption on diet quality among U.S. adults 18 years and older and (2) functional limitations in U.S. older...
Human Nutrition
Determination of DIAAS and PDCAAS for Pork Burger, Plant-Based Burgers, and the Combined Meal of Burger Bun and Burgers
Plant-based meat is available in human nutrition and has become more popular. Therefore, there has been an interest in the development of plant-based alternative proteins such as plant-based burgers....
Human Nutrition
A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Meat and Non-Meat Alternative Patties
The purpose of the industry summary is to provide producers with a quick reference to research results supported by Checkoff dollars. This summary is intended for non-technical audiences. Increasing...
Human Nutrition
Sources of and Adequacy of Protein Intake Among Pregnant Women in the United States
Limited information is available on protein intake and adequacy of intake among pregnant women in the United States (U.S.). Protein intake by women of childbearing age in the U.S. is generally...
Human Nutrition
Effects of Consuming Ounce Equivalent Portions of Fresh Pork Versus Nuts, Beans and Eggs, as Defined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Essential Amino Acid Substrate Availability for Protein Anabolism
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends how much “Protein Foods” should be consumed per day and per week as part of a Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The...
Human Nutrition
Effects of Red Meat Consumption on Gut Microbiota in Young Adults
Background Diet strongly affects human metabolic health, partly by modulating gut microbiome. To date, limited research has assessed the effects of different types of red meat on gut microbiota in...
Swine Health - PRRS
Assessing Within-herd PRRS Variability and Its Impact on Production Parameters
The objective of this study was to describe porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) variability within farms using farms of different demographic types (breeding and growing pig...
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