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Closed Meat Plants Today Mean Empty Meat Cases this Summer
The spread of COVID-19 among people who work in many beef and pork plants across the country has led to plant slowdowns and shut downs, creating a bottleneck in the U.S. meat and livestock supply chain. This bottleneck will not only have a lasting...
Global Protein Developments: What are the Implications for the Meat Industry ?
Global protein demand will increase by a factor of 3.5 over a 50 year period, namely from 1980-2030. Poultry will show the biggest increase in demand, followed by eggs, with seafood and beef having the lowest increase in demand, writes Stuart Lumb....
North American Pig Market Hit by Trade Rows, Disease and Currency Volatility
North America currently accounts for more than half of the world exports of pork but in recent months, the sector has been facing a succession of challenges that have been threatening to rock the market, writes Chris Harris....
Contemporary Market Weights
Marketing decisions should be based on lean growth potential, marginal feed efficiency through heavier weights, the packer grid in which market pigs are priced and space availability within the production system, according to Ronald O. Bates of Michigan...
Pork Belly Quality, Bacon Properties and Consumer Trends
Several factors can affect pork belly quality and, subsequently, bacon quality and it is up to all parties in the production chain to come together to ensure ultimate meat quality....
The Indigenous Portuguese Bísaro Pig
Despite being one of the most emblematic Portuguese indigenous breeds, the Bisaro pig is very little known in Portugal....
How Light Affects Meat Quality of Heavy Pigs
Pigs reared for Parma ham production with 16 hours of light per day spent more time resting and were heavier than those with just eight hours of light per day, according to researchers at the University of Bologna. There were no differences between the...
Effect of Feeding Ractopamine on Heavy Pigs
This experiment from the US confirms that ractopamine improves the performance of pigs and that aggressive handling can have negative effects on their physical, metabolic and physiological responses. The highest dose rate led to a higher incidence of...
State-of-the-art 3D Abattoir Technology Produces Better Quality Meat
The Danish Meat Research Institute at the Danish Technological Institute has developed an advanced robot that can produce more uniform and precise pork loin cuts, resulting in a better quality of products that increase earnings considerably....
Does Reducing Protein in Pig Diets Changes Carcase Quality?
Research from Italy on the dietary protein supply for heavy finishers reveals that lowering the protein content does not impair carcase quality....
Intricacies of Carcase and Meat Quality
Raising pigs is all about feeding a rapidly growing human population and profitability, writes Dr Nick Boddicker from Canadian pig genetics company Genesus....
Salmonella in Pigs Linked with Feed
At the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference, a paper by first-named author, Anne Marie Burns, showed Salmonella detected in either feed or pig faecal samples on nine out of 10 high-seroprevalence pig farms in Ireland. It also confirmed the occurrence of...
Why Entire Male Pigs Have More Skin Lesions at Slaughter
A new study from Ireland shows that entire males were more aggressive and performed more mounts than female pigs and that, as a result, the boars had more skin lesions. It was found that carcase lesion score is a sensitive indicator of aggressiveness...
Mapping Pork Lymph Nodes
Alberta’s meat and livestock industry continues to evolve, sometimes in response to external drivers such as food safety guidelines and expectations....
Australian Pig Meat Production Predicted to Rise
Pig meat production is projected to rise gradually over the short to medium term, reaching 410,000 tonnes in 2019-20, according to John Hogan in the 'Agricultural Commodities' report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and...
 
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