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How Transport Stress Affects Duck Meat Quality
Transportation for two hours resulted in measurable stress in 42-day-old Pekin ducks in this Chinese study but these effects were mitigated by a two-hour rest period before slaughter....
Effects of Transport on Meat Quality of Pigs
A Canadian study indicates that the adverse effects of prolonged transport and low temperatures on meat quality can be aggravated by the location of the pig in the transport vehicle. Skin bruises were more prevalent in the winter than the summer....
In-Transit Losses of Pigs: Investigation of Hog Heart Health
Most of the pigs that died during transportation had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, according to Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph and co-workers, and the heart lesions appear to have a genetic link. Their study was presented at the Centralia...
Can Meat be Transported at Higher Temperatures than in Regulations?
Meat can be transported at temperatures higher than the current maximum of 7°C without causing additional bacterial growth, provided that specific maximum transport times are applied and bacterial growth is controlled by efficient chilling....
Factors Affecting the Transportation of Market-weight Pigs
Experiments in Canada reveal that pigs take longer to load into and double-decker trailers than pot-bellied trailers but the reverse occurs at unloading and there were differences in behaviour during lairage. Ramps and tight turns slowed the pigs' movement....
Identifying Cause of Death of Hogs During Transport
Slow, low stress handling and keeping hogs cool during loading and transport continue to be the most practical recommendation for reducing deaths in transport, according to Kathy Zurbrigg and Tony van Dreumel following research reported in the Prairie...
Effects of Trailer Design on Animal Welfare and Meat Quality
The pot-belly trailer had no adverse effects of pig welfare or meat quality in a study reported by researchers based in Canada and Spain. Pietrain-cross pigs (50 per cent Pietrain) were more susceptible to transport stress but pork quality was acceptable,...
Local Food Distribution Can Match Globalised Systems for Energy Efficiency
Some scientists have suggested that, when all potential inefficiencies are accounted for, local food distribution systems may be less sustainable than globalised systems. However, new research examining the behaviour of participants in local food networks...
Pre-Processing Handling in Broilers
There are a number of factors during pre-processing handling that can potentially influence carcass quality. Understanding these provides the basis for good management and welfare practices, optimal carcass quality, and flock profitability, according...
Broiler Trailer Thermal Conditions during Cold Climate Transport
During cold winter conditions, Saskatoon researchers found moisture removal and the re-distribution of heat were key to providing the most comfortable conditions for broilers during transportation. ...
Frozen Foods Could Help Reduce CO2 Levels
A new scientific report on carbon emissions produced for teh British Frozen Food Federation has overturned the belief that frozen food is more energy intensive than chilled. ...
Transport Effects of Stress on Pigs and Pork Quality
Improvements in truck design and optimisation of handling and transport practices will reduce most of the stress experienced by pigs during long transport, according to a report in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre. The study was carried...
Reduction of Transport–Induced Stress on Finishing Pigs by Increasing Lairage Time
A longer lairage time allowed the pigs transported a short distance to recover from transport stress, according to new research from Spain....
Bedding Study: Less Can be Better
The standard in the US industry is to use four bales of bedding per semi-trailer but new research challenges that set amount, according to the National Pork Board....
Reference Guide for Solving Poultry Processing Problems
To produce a quality poultry meat product from a live bird involves a series of efficiently performed, specific tasks in a sanitary manner from catching to the final product. Because of the complexity of production and processing procedures, several factors...
 
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