Texas Tech University Archives - Pork Checkoff

Pork Checkoff Research

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Pork Quality
Evaluating Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) as a Real-Time Method for Classifying Pork Quality in Bacon and Fresh Pork Bellies
Rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry (REIMS) is a novel, in-situ analysis technology that measures the metabolomic profile in real time. The objective of this study was to evaluate REIMS as...
Animal Well-being
Towards an improved method of piglet castration to reduce pain: the use of one incision in combination with the use of Vapocoolant and Metacam™
Pork Safety - Post-Harvest
Efficacy of Interventions to reduce Salmonella on Fresh Pork Products to Improve Food Safety
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Impact of disease on amino acid requirements of growing pigs
A total of 40 gilts (initial BW 9.4 ± 0.9 kg) were used in three experiments (Exp) to evaluate the impact of disease induced either by bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or porcine...
Pork Safety - Pre-Harvest
Determining the Prevalence and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Salmonella Serovars Isolated from U.S. Retail Ground Pork
Salmonella is a foodborne pathogen that may be associated with meat products. The goal of this project was to determine the prevalence of Salmonella in ground pork at retail, and to evaluate...
Animal Well-being
Weaned pig transport: animal welfare impact of duration of trip, and provision of feed and water
Weaned pigs are transported on many USA farms.  Some are transported short distances and others many hours.  During transport...
Animal Well-being
The use of bedding in ramp to reduce slipping and falling while loading and unloading weaned and finishing pigs
Transport is a potentially stressful event that almost all piglets/pigs go through at least once in their life considering multi-site production systems and location of packing plants. Handling...
Animal Well-being
Establishing Bedding and Boarding Requirements for Finisher Pigs Through Scientific Validation – Macro Study
1. Establishing bedding requirements during transport and monitoring skin temperature over seasons after transport for finishing...
Animal Well-being
Systematic literature review and needs assessment of housing systems for gestating sows in group pens with group feeding
Gestation sow housing is a current contemporary animal welfare issue. The current political atmosphere is driving producers to consider changing back to group housing systems for gestating sows. It...
Animal Well-being
Establishing bedding requirements for finisher pigs during transportation and skin surface temperature during different seasons after transportation
Producers and packers would like to reduce dead and down market pigs during transportation for economic and welfare reasons. Transport...
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