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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
Effects of Lean Red Meat Consumption on Gut Microbiota in Young Adults

Effects of adding lean red meat to a U.S.-Style Healthy Vegetarian Dietary Pattern on gut microbiota and cardiovascular risk factors in young adults: a crossover randomized-controlled trial.

Public Health
Evaluation of hand hygiene procedures as interventions to decrease the risk of influenza transmission between pigs and people

This study assessed the effectiveness of four hand sanitation protocols in decreasing or removing IAV from hands of individuals handling influenza infected pigs, including hand washing with soap and water, hand washing with water only, hand sanitizing with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and wearing gloves.

Animal Well-being
Validating Water-Based Foam for the Depopulation of Swine
Increased global movement of people and animals increases likelihood of foreign animal diseases (FAD), like African Swine Fever (ASF), being introduced into the US swine population. Due to the risk...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Risk Assessment for Importing Non-Animal-Origin Feed and Ingredients from ASFV-Endemic Regions
Currently, there are industry wide concerns over African swine fever virus (ASFV) entry from a variety of different sources, including imported ingredients from ASFV positive countries. Data...
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Improving feed efficiency of growing to finishing pigs fed high DDGS containing diet with different branched-chain amino acids to lysine ratio
Corn distillers dried grains with solubles (cDDGS) can replace portions of corn and soybean meal (SBM) in swine diets. However, high dietary inclusions of cDDGS can reduce growth performance, which...
Animal Science
An Integrated Approach to Improve While Herd Pig Survivability
Pre-weaning survival in US herds ranges from 80-90% with the majority of the death loss occurring in the first three days after birth from crushing from the dam. Risk factors for mortality are low...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Understanding the Survivability and Infectivity of African Swine Fever Virus in Various Environments
African swine fever (ASF) is the most significant foreign animal disease threat to the US pork industry. ASF virus (ASFV) not only causes high case fatality rates of infected pigs but is a...
Swine Health - General Disease
Investigation into the Epidemiology of Disease-Associated S. Suis Strains
Disease-associated Streptococcus suis (DASS) is one of the most impacting bacterial diseases in swine worldwide. A key aspect to the control and prevention of DASS in swine farms hinges upon accurate...
Animal Science
Development of an Integrated Computerized Sensing System for Reproductive Management of the Swine Breeding Herd
Modern breeding farms rely on consistent flow of pigs through the production system. Reduced fertility can seriously disrupt animal production, flow and profit. These problems can originate from an...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Identification of Protective Antigens of African Swine Fever Virus
African swine fever (ASF) is an acute viral disease of domestic swine with mortality rates approaching 100%. Currently endemic in extensive regions of Eurasia, ASF is “out of Africa”...
Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Evaluation of Lyophilization on Efficacy of African Swine Fever Vaccine Candidate ASFV-G-ΔI177L
Currently there is no commercialized vaccine for African swine fever (ASF). One of the most promising candidates to date is the highly effective and safe live attenuated vaccine candidate...
Animal Science
SNORT: Swine Nutritional Observation and Routing Technology
This project developed SNORT (Swine Nutritional Observation and Routing Technology), a software application that leverages innovations in visual sensemaking for in situ detection, tracking, and...
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