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Effect of breed, finish weight and sex on pork meat and eating quality and fatty acid profile

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Research partner: AFBINI

Sponsor: AHDB Pork

Duration: 2007 - 2010 

Aims and objectives

  • To examine the production and carcase performance of pigs representative of the Pietrain and Tempo breeds
  • To investigate the meat and eating quality of pork from these pigs. 

Findings

  • Optimum production performance was attained using the Tempo and Pietrain (Austrian) pigs
  • The meat and eating quality of pork from the Pietrain and, in particular, the Tempo bred pigs was better than that from the Landrace bred pigs
  • It is suggested that breed had a larger influence on meat and eating quality than sex or finish weight
  • It also appears that the fast growth rate of the Tempo bred pigs was not detrimental to the meat or eating quality of the pork
  • Overall the eating quality of the pork was considered only satisfactory (average score of 3.5 on an 8 point scale) which indicates that further improvement is required. 

Further information

Download Final report - Effect of breed, finish weight and sex on pork meat and eating quality and fatty acid profile