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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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Animal Welfare
Animal caretakers perspectives on performing euthanasia on commercial sow farms
Animal Welfare
Determining the efficacy and safety of differing caliber/ammunition combinations for the humane euthanization and subsequent mass depopulation of market weight pigs
Animal Welfare
Use of modified rendering trailers to achieve rapid depopulation of modern sow units
The US swine herds are susceptible to the introduction of catastrophic diseases that may require mass depopulation to contain. While the industry is well versed on individual animal euthanasia, mass...
AS- Swine Nutrition
Determining how the pelleting process influences amino acid digestibility and availability for growth when feeding varying diets with increased levels of crystalline amino acids
Swine Health-PRRS
Health Prediction of Individual Animals in Swine Operations through Automated Visual Sensing and Behavioral Sensemaking
Public Health - Other Zoonotic Diseases
A literature review of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and their effect on public health NPB project
Key Findings:• Proximity to farm operations may be protective against development of allergy.• Proximity to farm operations can be associated with increased asthma exacerbation, especially in the...
Predicting Pork Quality Using Measurement Collected from Various Locations on the Boneless Loin
Pork Quality
Characterizing the amount, variability and cellular mechanisms of intramuscular fat deposition throughout the loin using barrows and gilts from two genotypes
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Phenotypic evaluation of the impact of antibiotic use protocols on antimicrobial resistance patterns in PRRS virus infected swine in a naïve environment
Human Nutrition
Nutrient Profile Analysis of Pork and Alternative Protein Sources
Swine Health - General Disease
Comparative pathogenesis of different porcine rotavirus C (RVC) genotypes and correlation between maternal immune status and RVC diarrhea prevalence in suckling piglets
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