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The relationship between body dimensions of living pigs and their carcass composition

  • A. B. Doeschl-Wilson (a1), D. M. Green (a2), A. V. Fisher (a3), S. Carroll (a4), C. P. Schofield (a5) and C. T. Whittemore (a6)...


Recent analysis pointed towards visual imaging analysis (VIA), which yields pig body size measures and shape indices from two-dimensional visual images of living pigs, as a potential technique for estimating fat and lean content in pig carcasses (Doeschl et al., 2004). The present analysis further explored the potential of using VIA body size and shape indices as indicators of the proportion of lean and fat in various carcass joints, either alone or in combination with ultrasonic backfat depth of the live animal. Due to increasing interest in the shape of retail cuts in the meat industry, the association between VIA size measures and the dimensions of the longissimus dorsi and gluteobiceps muscles is also assessed.


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Doeschl, A. B., Green, D. M., Whittemore, C. T, Schofield, C. P., Fisher, A. V. and Knap, P. W. 2004. The relationship between the body shape of living pigs and their carcass morphology and composition. Animal Science 42: 7383.


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