North Carolina State University Archives - Pork Checkoff

Pork Checkoff Research

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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.

Animal Science
Accurate and Rapid Assessment of Pig Body Weight
The  overall objective of this research project was to identify available technologies that can rapidly, and accurately, assess pig body weight at market. In order to complete the objectives,...
Animal Science - Sow Lifetime Productivity
Capturing genetic potential for greater sow lifetime productivity
The results of this study indicate that birthweight, pre-weaning growth, and weaning weight of potential replacement gilts are aspects of the neonatal environment of replacement gilts that have a...
Animal Well-being
Identifying barriers and implementing solutions to practical on-farm pain management during castration
Animal Well-being
Validation of scan sampling techniques for pain behaviors in castrated piglets
Animal Well-being
Validation of the effectiveness of alternative euthanasia techniques for mature swine using a penetrating captive bolt gun and electrocution
Animal Science - Swine Nutrition
Targeted use of mega-doses of phytase in late finishing pigs to improve overall growth performance and profits
Animal Science
Mitigation of seasonality of sow reproductive performance via genomic selection.
Animal Well-being
The plasma and tissue pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in neonatal piglets.
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