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Responses in carcass lean pH at 24 hours post-mortem in lines of Large White pigs selected for growth rate on a fixed ration over a set time

Nguyen, N.H. and McPhee, C.P. and Trout, G.R. (2006) Responses in carcass lean pH at 24 hours post-mortem in lines of Large White pigs selected for growth rate on a fixed ration over a set time. Livestock Science, 100 (2-3). pp. 84-90.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livprodsci.2005.07.005

Publisher URL: http://www.elsevier.com

Abstract

A restricted maximum likelihood analysis applied to an animal model showed no significant differences (P > 0.05) in pH value of the longissimus dorsi measured at 24 h post-mortem (pH24) between high and low lines of Large White pigs selected over 4 years for post-weaning growth rate on restricted feeding. Genetic and phenotypic correlations between pH24 and production and carcass traits were estimated using all performance testing records combined with the pH24 measurements (5.05-7.02) on slaughtered animals. The estimate of heritability for pH24 was moderate (0.29 ± 0.18). Genetic correlations between pH24 and production or carcass composition traits, except for ultrasonic backfat (UBF), were not significantly different from zero. UBF had a moderate, positive genetic correlation with pH24 (0.24 ± 0.33). These estimates of genetic correlations affirmed that selection for increased growth rate on restricted feeding is likely to result in limited changes in pH24 and pork quality since the selection does not put a high emphasis on reduced fatness.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© Elsevier B.V.
Keywords:Correlated response; genetic selection; population parameters; pork quality.
Subjects:Science > Science (General)
Animal culture > Swine
Science > Biology > Reproduction
Deposited On:25 Feb 2009 05:20
Last Modified:21 Apr 2011 01:54

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