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Higher Welfare, Biosecurity and Yields through Turkey Processing Automation
Over the past half century the turkey industry has seen significant changes in the methods used to harvest meat....
Welfare Measurements of Finishing Pigs on Day of Slaughter
Animal welfare on the day of slaughter is of increasing concern to the authorities and consumers alike....
Finalisation of FSIS's Modernisation of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule
The Modernisation of Poultry Inspection Final Rule in the US was published in the Federal Register on 21 August last year, 937 days after it was proposed. During that time, the chicken industry was negatively portrayed by the media, consumer groups, and...
USDA Quality Grades May Mislead Consumers
A study from Oklahoma State University has shown that there is a great deal of confusion among consumers over the quality grading of beef in the US....
Effects of Electrical Stunning Methods on Broiler Meat Quality
No stunning or medium-voltage stunning conditions reduced meat water-holding capacity and decrease meat shear force when compared with either low- or high-voltage stunning, according to new research from Nanjing, China....
Meat Processor Turning Wastewater From Problem to Profit
Meat processors have a part to play in reducing emissions in the red meat sector. One unit in Eastern Australia has managed to cut emissions while reducing its gas bill by almost half. ...
Beef Bruising in Slaughterhouses Has Welfare and Profit Affects
Profitability and animal welfare can be improved by reducing carcass bruising, is the conclusion of a report into meat quality by the Beef Cattle Institute. ...
Energy Balance Analysis of a Poultry Processing Plant
A detailed study of the power use at a poultry processing plant by researchers at the University of Arkansas identified a number of areas where cost-savings could be made. ...
Dressing Procedures In Slaughterhouses Limit Pig Carcase Contamination
There was a consistently lower prevalence of bacteria (Salmonella and Yersinia) found on the pig carcase than carriage of the same microorganisms in the animal. ...
USDA’s Poultry Inspection Proposal: Separating Myth vs. Fact
The US Department of Agriculture has been exploring the modernisation of its poultry inspection system for two decades — a system that was originally developed in the 1950s and now the system is due to be revised under the USDA’s Proposed Modernization...
Full Speed Ahead to Debone Automatically
With modern poultry slaughter lines running at more than 8,000 birds an hour and recent controversial USDA recommendations to increase those speeds to around 10,000 an hour, the requirement for greater automation on the processing line to keep up the...
Monitoring Welfare Procedures for Slaughter of Cattle
Essential checks should be made during the slaughter of cattle to assess the consciousness, unconsciousness or death of an animal to ensure welfare standards....
Time in Lairage and Chilling Affect Lamb Carcase Quality
Actions and interventions taken both pre-slaughter in the lairage and post slaughter in chilling and ageing can have different effects on meat quality....
Red Meat Contributing to Scottish Economy
Farming and processing of red meat makes a significant contribution to the Scotland’s economic output, according to the profile of the red meat sector in 2012 produced by Quality Meat Scotland. ...
Position of Australian Slaughter Lamb Producers Weakens
The average financial performance of Australian slaughter lamb producing farms is expected to weaken in 2012–13 but remain above the long-term industry average, according to a report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics...
 
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