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Pork Checkoff Research

Research is at the heart of the National Pork Board’s mission and is funded by your Pork Checkoff dollars. Research is administered in all areas of pork production, processing, and human nutrition to develop a higher quality and more profitable product in the competitive meat protein market.

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Human Nutrition
Within-Day Protein Distribution Does Not Influence Body Composition Responses During Weight Loss in Resistance-Training Adults Who Are Overweight
Abstract Emerging research suggests that redistributing total protein intake from 1 high-protein meal/d to multiple moderately high-protein meals improves 24-h muscle protein synthesis. Over time,...
Human Nutrition
Effects of Dietary Protein Source and Quantity during Weight Loss on Appetite, Energy Expenditure, and Cardio-Metabolic Responses
Abstract Higher protein meals increase satiety and the thermic effect of feeding (TEF) in acute settings, but it is unclear whether these effects remain after a person becomes acclimated to energy...
Human Nutrition
Survey of Residual Nitrite and Nitrate in Conventional and Organic, Natural, Uncured, Indirectly Cured Meats Available at Retail in the United States
Abstract A survey of residual nitrite (NO2–) and nitrate (NO3–) in cured meats available at retail was conducted to verify concentrations in conventional (C) products and establish a baseline for...
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Pork Industry Labor Study

Nearly 400 pork producers were surveyed to better understand the current labor situation in hog production, including shortages, open positions and retention. This study also identifies current sources of labor for hog production operations including foreign labor and domestic sources.

Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Investigating Methods for Decontamination of Interior Surfaces (Cabs) of Transportation Vehicles
It is widely known and understood that transportation vehicles can serve as a potential route of pathogen transmission within swine production systems. The movement of these vehicles within multiple...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluation of African swine fever virus antibody detection and viral nucleic acid detection dynamics in swine in various sample types
This research project assessed the African swine fever virus’s (ASFV) nucleic acid and antibody detection in tonsil scrapings, cheek swabs, oral fluids, blood, and some tissues across three...
Swine Health - General Disease
Attempts to Broaden Cross-Protective Immunity Against Swine Influenza Viruses
Swine influenza is an economic burden to pig producers due to decreased feed consumption, weight loss, and increased death loss that often occurs from secondary bacterial infections. In addition,...
Animal Well-being
Depopulation of Swine by Inert Gassing Utilizing the Livetec Systems Nitrogen Foam Delivery System
The nitrogen foam delivery system is an alternative emergency depopulation system that uses high expansion water based foam bubbles to deliver nitrogen gas into a container, trailer, coral or barn....
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Detection of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) in Pork Meat Products by PCR Assay
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease causing high mortality in members of the Suidae family. Besides animal health, the disease also imposes serious economic consequences,...
Swine Health - PRRS
Assessment of Sample Dilution and Number of Ropes Used for Detection of Swine Pens Infected with PRRS Early in the Course of Infection: a Pilot Study
This pilot study evaluated the impact of sharing ropes for sample collection between an infected pen and an uninfected pen. Further, it evaluated how the detection of a pathogen changed as the...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluation of Meat Juice as Sample Matrix for the Detection of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) Antigen and Nucleic Acids as Well as Antibodies to FMDV; and Comparison of 3 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Assays for FMDV in Swine Oral Fluids
Particular specimens are usually required for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) testing. These samples include liquid removed from blisters caused by FMDV (vesicular fluid), pieces of skin...
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Nursery-Finisher Disease Severity
Our goal was to better understand how to nutritionally manage poor-health pig flows to maximize pig performance in the face of disease pressures. Two objectives were addressed in three experimental...
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