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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
A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Meat and Non-Meat Alternative Patties
The purpose of the industry summary is to provide producers with a quick reference to research results supported by Checkoff dollars. This summary is intended for non-technical audiences. Increasing...
Human Nutrition
Sources of and Adequacy of Protein Intake Among Pregnant Women in the United States
Limited information is available on protein intake and adequacy of intake among pregnant women in the United States (U.S.). Protein intake by women of childbearing age in the U.S. is generally...
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
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends how much “Protein Foods” should be consumed per day and per week as part of a Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The...
Human Nutrition
Effects of Red Meat Consumption on Gut Microbiota in Young Adults
Background Diet strongly affects human metabolic health, partly by modulating gut microbiome. To date, limited research has assessed the effects of different types of red meat on gut microbiota in...
Swine Health-PRRS
Assessing Within-herd PRRS Variability and Its Impact on Production Parameters
The objective of this study was to describe porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) variability within farms using farms of different demographic types (breeding and growing pig...
Swine Health - General Disease
Optimization and Viability of Lung Homogenate for Successful Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Exposure in Gilts During Acclimation
Gilt acclimation has become a common practice in the United States swine industry to control Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections. The goal of gilt acclimation is to achieve uniform exposure of gilts...
Animal Welfare
Validation and Demonstration of Utilizing High Expansion Nitrogen Foam for Large Scale Depopulation of Swine
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defines depopulation as “the rapid destruction of a population of animals in response to urgent circumstances with as much consideration given...
Swine Health-Foreign Animal Disease
Low Cost Mobile CO2 Vaporizer System Prototype – 2020
Currently there is a lack of mobile, low-cost vaporizer systems readily available to provide CO2 gas for large scale depopulation at swine operations. To better utilize CO2 for depopulation, there is...
Pork Industry Productivity Benchmark Report – Data from 2017-2021

The goal of this production analysis is to aid the pork industry in improving efficiency. This is done through an analysis of anonymous production data using a standardized set of business logic and calculation algorithms which follows the industry to identify areas of opportunity and focus, production trends, and a basis for comparison.

Swine Health-PRRS
Evaluation of Air Filters as a Novel Surveillance Method to Assess Spread of Airborne PRRS Viruses
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and influenza A virus (IAV) are two major respiratory pathogens of pigs that can be transmitted through the air. In this study, we...
Swine Health - General Disease
Fecal Microbiome Transplantation as a Preventive Strategy Against Gut-Dysbiosis and Porcine Post-Weaning Diarrhea
Post-weaning diarrhea (PWD) caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is an economically important disease in weaned piglets. Currently, antibiotics are used in the swine industry to control...
Pork Quality
Evaluating Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) as a Real-Time Method for Classifying Pork Quality in Bacon and Fresh Pork Bellies
Rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry (REIMS) is a novel, in-situ analysis technology that measures the metabolomic profile in real time. The objective of this study was to evaluate REIMS as...
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