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Impact of piglet birth weight on the eating quality of pork
 
A.D. Beaulieu, J.L. Aalhus, J.F. Patience
 
 

Piglets born in large litters are, on average, smaller in size. Low birth weight has been associated with fewer total muscle fibres, and fewer primary muscle fibres. It has been suggested that this may affect the eating quality of pork.

 

In the previous paper, it was shown that birth weight had no effect on carcass quality. Hence, this paper extends these results and examines the effect of birth weight on the chemical and sensory properties of pork which may influence eating quality.
 
 

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Article made possible through the contribution of Prairie Swine Centre Inc.

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