Effects of time after a second dose of immunization against GnRF (Improvest) independent of age at slaughter on commercial bacon slicing characteristics of immunologically castrated barrows

M. A. Tavárez, B. M. Bohrer, R. T. Herrick, M. A. Mellencamp, R. J. Matulis, M. Ellis, D. D. Boler, A. C. Dilger

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Abstract

The objective was to determine the effects of time after a second dose of anti-GnRF immunization on fresh belly characteristics and slicing yields of immunologically castrated (IC) barrows, physically castrated (PC) barrows and gilts slaughtered at 24. weeks of age. The second dose was staggered so that IC barrows were slaughtered at 4, 6, 8, or 10. weeks after the second dose. Fresh belly characteristics (N = 141) were collected at slaughter and bacon was manufactured commercially. The main effects in the model were treatment and the random effects of block and block within replication. Thickness, flop distance, and lipid content increased (L; P< 0.04) and iodine value tended to decrease (L; P= 0.08) with time after the second dose in IC barrows. Slicing yields increased with time after the second dose (L; P< 0.01), but were similar ( P= 0.11) among sexes. Increasing time of slaughter after second anti-GnRF dose improves fresh belly and bacon slicing characteristics in IC barrows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-153
Number of pages7
JournalMeat Science
Volume111
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Bacon production
  • Immunological castration
  • Pigs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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