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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....
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...
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...
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....
Tackling Boar Taint through Market-assisted Selection
Since surgical castration of male piglets without anaesthesia is under heavy societal pressure, finding a sustainable solution to reduce boar taint has become urgent....
Ethics of Eating Meat – a Personal Opinion
In his book, Eating Meat: Science and Consumption Culture, Howard Swatland presents a new look at eating meat from a personal point of view....
Sudden Death in Pigs During Transport
The majority of pigs that died in transit had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, similar to one found in humans, according to a study by Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph reported at the London Swine Conference 2014....
Pig Plague Threatening Europe
Europe’s valuable pig industry is threatened by a plague on its eastern borders with vast destructive potential known as African swine fever. Scientists are fighting back....
Why are Vegetarians Returning to Eating Meat?
One in five people in the US, who become vegetarians or vegans, maintains the diet....
Why Broiler Growers Should Be Concerned about Paw Quality
Broiler growers may be looking at this paw (foot pad) situation all wrong, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor, Poultry Science), all at Mississippi State University....
How to Get Meat Sector Welfare Message across to Modern Generation
Young adults in developed countries are distanced from agriculture and the meat industry needs to do a better job of communicating with them....
Questions and Answers on Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza
The current outbreak of avian influenza in Germany, Netherlands and UK has raised several questions over what the current strain H5N8 really is. ...
Drivers for Animal Welfare Policies in Africa
A new study from Lesotho calls for improved understanding of animal welfare in African countries or there could be deleterious effects in future on economic growth as well as national and international trade....
Financial Implications of Lesions in Irish Slaughter Pigs
More than 40 per cent of the profit margin per pig could be attributable to tail biting in this study from Ireland....
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....
 
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