Effects of feed withdrawal prior to slaughter and nutrition on stomach weight, and carcass and meat quality in pigs

L. Faucitano, P. Chevillon, M. Ellis

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Abstract

Withdrawing feed from pigs for a period of time before harvest (fasting) can be a valuable approach to reduce deaths during transport, and improve pork quality and safety. However, factors such as time of last feed, feeding regime, and feed type may limit the efficiency of this procedure, and produce variation in the response to fasting for aspects such as carcass yield, stomach weight and contents, and microbial contamination of the carcass at slaughter. Furthermore, the presence of liquid contents in the gut due to the hunger-related higher drinking rate suggest that more research is needed to resolve the potential conflict between animal welfare and food safety objectives of this pre-slaughter procedure. Crown

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-114
Number of pages5
JournalLivestock Science
Volume127
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Carcass yield
  • Feed withdrawal
  • Meat quality
  • Pigs
  • Stomach content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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