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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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Public Health - Influenza
Risk assessment model to reduce bi-directional interspecies influenza transmission in an indoor hog grower unit

The purpose of this project was to produce effective risk assessment models to compare the likely effectiveness of different management and biosecurity practices and policies to prevent transmission of different influenza strains.

Human Nutrition
An analysis of pork intake, its association with diet, and modeling its nutritional impact on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Analysis of intake of pork, its association with diet and health markers using NHANES 2001-2018, and modeling the nutritional impact of removing/adding servings to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended healthy dietary patterns.

Human Nutrition
Investigating the Role of Pork Consumption on Cognition and Brain Health through Innovation in Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience

Lean pork consumption is linked with functional efficiency within the visual and ventral attentional networks of the brain, as well as favorable brain age, motivating the design of randomized controlled trials to establish the role of lean pork consumption in cognitive performance and brain health.

Swine Health
Classical Swine Fever PCR Negative Cohort Study

Partnering to expand testing capacities, support further evaluation and validation of two commercially available CSF PCR assays, and enhance preparedness across the NAHLN.

An Updated Economic Assessment of New Swine Gestation Facility Investment

The overriding objective of this study is to conduct, within the limitations of current knowledge, an economic analysis of investing in new gestation housing facilities for a farrow to wean operation. There is still much that is not known about increasing the square feet per sow in group housing. This holds at least as much for the costs as it does for the productivity impacts. Hence, the assessment to be presented here is more demonstrative than definitive. Still, using available data, the analysis employs a detailed and transparent method to assess new facility investment alternatives.

Public Health
Self-reported respiratory health symptoms and respiratory protection behaviors of young adult hog producers in the United States
Assessing reported respiratory health symptoms and changes in reported respiratory protection behaviors of young adults and veterinarians in swine production.
Human Nutrition
Effects of Consuming Ounce Equivalent Portions of Fresh Pork Versus Nuts, Beans and Eggs, as Defined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Essential Amino Acid Substrate Availability for Protein Anabolism
Introduction The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends consuming avariety of “Protein Foods” based on “ounce-equivalent” (oz-eq) portions. No study has assessed the same oz-eq...
Animal Science
Assessing the effects of farrowing crate design and mothering phenotype on pre-weaning piglet survival and performance using imaging technologies

Actual piglet mortality is a combination of a set of complex interactions between sow, piglet, environmental, and management factors. While crushing by the sow may be the ultimate cause of piglet mortality, there are many factors influencing the outcome, including hypothermia, starvation, and others. This study’s goals were to create a better environment for the piglets and the sow and to work towards methods of selecting sows with better mothering ability.

Public Health
Determine the respiratory health risks associated with swine production using the QMRA approach

The objective of the project is to determine the occupational and community health outcomes associated with swine production with an emphasis on respiratory health outcomes, using a standard quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) approach.

Public Health
Metagenomics approach to delineate the impact of antibiotic administration route on gut microbial changes and antimicrobial resistome in nursery piglets

This study was conducted in piglets to compare in-feed vs. in-water administrations of chlortetracycline (CTC) and or tiamulin on fecal prevalence and AMR profiles of gut commensals (Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp.) and foodborne pathogens (Campylobacter and Salmonella) in nursery piglets.

Swine Health
Evaluation of the performance of ELISA for ASF-antibodies detection and its potential use in the US swine industry

The objective of this study was to estimate and compare the diagnostic performance of a novel indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (iELISA) for ASF serum antibodies (iELISA), developed by Innoceleris Ames, IA, USA and produced and commercialized by Tetracore (Rockville, MD, USA), and the VetAlert™ ASFV DNA Test Kit (qPCR, Tetracore) in both serum and oral fluid (OF) samples collected on farms in Vietnam.

Human Nutrition
Fresh Pork as Protein Source in the USDA Thrifty Food Plan 2021

This modeling study, published in Nutrients, is the first of its kind to look at the nutritional value and affordability of the Thrifty Food Plan featuring fresh pork as one of the only meat sources.

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