Campus Units

Animal Science, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference

2010 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Proceedings of the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference

Volume

37

First Page

119

Last Page

123

Conference Title

2010 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference

Conference Date

September 2010

City

Minneapolis, MN

Abstract

Pre-harvest handling defects in pigs are defined as defects that occur either during transportation or during the lairage rest period prior to harvest at the processing facility. These defects include pigs that become injured, stressed/fatigued, or die. Furthermore, defects have economical implications, with higher labor costs in the packing facilities and lost revenue for producers, and of course, animal welfare concerns by the entire swine industry. It has been estimated that dead and non-ambulatory pigs cost the US swine industry between $50 and $100 million each year (Ellis et al., 2003). These defects are a result of multiple stressors that are imposed upon the animals during the marketing process in an additive manner (Ritter et al., 2010). This paper will detail some commercial studies that were conducted to determine the factors that influence pre-harvest handling defects so that measures to alleviate the pre-harvest handling defects could be developed and implemented.

Comments

This proceeding was published as Matthews, N., C. Schultz-Kaster, R. Fitzgerald, N. Berry, J. Hill, K. Stalder. A. Johnson, and L. Karriker. 2010. Pre-harvest handling defects and measures to alleviate them. In Proc. A. D. Leman Swine Conference, Minneapolis, MN. September, 2010. 37:119-123. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

University of Minnesota

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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