Effect of litter size and birth weight on growth, carcass and pork quality, and their relationship to postmortem proteolysis.

@article{Brard2008EffectOL,
  title={Effect of litter size and birth weight on growth, carcass and pork quality, and their relationship to postmortem proteolysis.},
  author={Jo{\"e}l B{\'e}rard and Michael Kreuzer and Giuseppe Bee},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2008},
  volume={86 9},
  pages={2357-68}
}
The objective of the study was to test the hypothesis that birth weight (BtW) influences growth, carcass characteristics, meat quality, and postmortem (pm) proteolysis differently when pigs originate from small (S) or large (L) litters. Swiss Large White barrows (60) used in this study originated from 20 litters with either less than 10 (S) or more than 14 (L) piglets born per litter. Within each of the S and L litters, 3 barrows were selected at birth: the lightest (L-BtW), the heaviest (H-BtW… CONTINUE READING
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