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Assessment of novel sire lines for meat quality traits

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Research partner: University of Bristol

Sponsor: AHDB Pork

Duration: 2007 - 2010 

Aims and objectives

To investigate whether there is a significant difference in meat eating quality as assessed by shear force, drip loss and pH, between progeny sired by different sire lines crossed with the same dam line. 

Findings

  • Meat from RN-Hampshire (H) line pigs was more tender, had a higher percentage moisture than other lines and more intramuscular fat than Large White X Pietrain (E) and Large White X Duroc (F) lines
  • There was no significant difference between lines for percentage drip loss or percentage chill loss. 

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