Prevalence of carcass defects in sows at harvest

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2009-01-01
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Daniels, C.
Funk, Julie
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The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of defects on sow carcasses at harvest. The study design was a cross-sectional survey of carcass defects detected during harvest at commercial sow processing plants. Three plants were visited. Chi-square analysis was used to compare the prevalence and anatomical location of lesions between plants. A total of 3200 sow carcasses were visually observed for presence and location of defects. Of all sow carcasses, 84.9% had no lesions, 11.2% had a neck lesion, 2. 7% had a lesion on the hip, 0.3% ham, 0.6% peri vulvar, 0.06% loin, 0.6% shoulder, and 0.5% of sow carcasses had 2 lesions. There was a significant difference in prevalence of lesions between plants.

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