Evaluation of contributions to seasonal reproductive inefficiency

Seasonal reproductive inefficiency is globally observed within the swine industry. Even when photoperiod and temperature are controlled, reductions in pregnancies and subsequent farrowing rates are noted. The most obvious contributor to this phenomenon is the young female. In all likelihood,…

Post-harvest Prediction of Pork Tenderness

To ensure high eating quality of pork, the industry has relied on “enhancing” the product by pumping it with a solution of phosphates, salt and sometimes flavorings.  This approach has been relatively successful, however, there are growing indications that the…

Enumeration of Salmonella throughout the Pork Harvesting Process

This project provides comprehensive information on the levels and prevalence of Salmonella on pork carcasses during processing to benchmark the effectiveness of in-plant interventions on Salmonella reduction. During this project, 190 pork carcasses were sampled over two consecutive days in…