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Effect of pig growth rate and health status on meat eating quality

  • D Zammerini (a1), H M Miller (a2), D T Marriott (a1), R I Richardson (a1), F M Whittington (a1) and J D Wood (a1)...


Growth rate is an important performance indicator in pig production and therefore influences profitability. There is also evidence that faster growing pigs have superior tenderness (MLC, 1989), possibly linked to faster muscle protein deposition through the activity and expression of proteolytic enzymes. Slow growth could also result in higher boar taint levels in entire male pigs because they will be older and sexually more mature at slaughter (MLC, 1989). The current project was therefore undertaken to investigate the effect of variations in growth rate on tenderness and boar taint.


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MLC 1989. Pig Development Unit Stotfold. Results from the first trial. Meat and Livestock Commission, Milton Keynes.
Whittington, F.M., Nute, G.R., Hughes, S.I., McGivan, J.D., Lean, I.J., Wood, J.D. and Doran, E. 2004. Relationships between skatole and androstenone accumulation and cytochrome P4502E1 expression in Meishan x Large White pigs. Meat Science, 67, 569–576.


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