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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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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...
Swine Health - General Disease
Swine Disease Management Information Program
This study combined epidemiological tools and concepts to structure and compare aspects and practices implemented in breeding herds following disease outbreaks. This project used porcine reproductive...
Environment - Air
Particulate Matter in Swine Barns: Existing Knowledge and Research Needs
Particulate matter (PM), also known as dust, is one of the most perceived air quality issues in swine barns. PM is considered an air hazard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...
Animal Well-being
Validation and Application of a Survey of On-Farm Hispanic Worker Attitudes Towards Pig Euthanasia

This study used an 83-item survey instrument developed to identify caretakers' attitudes toward pig euthanasia.

Human Nutrition
The place of fresh pork in the 2021 USDA Thrifty Food Plan:

A quadratic programming optimization of dietary guidance, nutrient density, and cost.

Correctly Classifying the Source of Fecal Waste in Surface Waters

This study continued source tracking efforts for fecal waste in the Stockinghead Creek Watershed and expanded surface water testing to sights previously monitored by the NC Department of Environmental Quality and the NC Legislature funded Rivernet program.

Swine Health - Foreign Animal Disease
Factors to Consider in a Potential Eradication Plan for African Swine Fever in the United States: A White Paper
This white paper presents factors to consider and potential approaches for developing an eradication plan for African swine fever (ASF) should it become established in the United States. The white...
Animal Well-being
Evaluation of transmammary-delivered firocoxib and a vapocoolant spray to alleviate pain in piglets after surgical castration and tail docking

This study aimed to assess a novel strategy for pain management of piglets after routine processing procedures. By providing the sow an analgesic drug that is able to cross the blood-milk barrier in the mammary gland, nursing piglets can be noninvasively provided pain relief transmammary prior to surgical castration and tail docking.

Animal Science
Optimizing late finishing pig feed efficiency, carcass yield, and economic return

The multi-facetted project focused on optimizing late finishing pig feed efficiency, carcass traits, and economic return through feeding practices is essential for the sustainability of pork production.

Animal Science
Interactive effects of pelleting and particle size reduction of corn on net energy and amino acid digestibility in corn-soybean meal diets fed to group-housed pigs

The objective of this research was to demonstrate interactive effects of pelleting and reducing particle size of corn on net energy and nutrient digestibility in feeds for growing pigs.

Swine Health
An African Swine Fever (ASF) positive cohort study:  Validating various PCR tests and sample types for African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) detection in boars; and determining the possibility of transmission via artificial insemination

The first study using experimentally ASFV inoculated adult, commercial boars to determine which sample types and PCR procedures were optimum in detecting ASFV in boars and gilts. Additionally, it proved that insemination of ASFV infected semen to naïve gilts resulted in transmission of the virus.

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