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