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Relationship of transport distance, sex on live weight loss of pigs during transit to slaughter house

Author(s): P H G J DeSilva | A Kalubowila

Journal: Veterinary World
ISSN 0972-8988

Volume: 5;
Issue: 3.000;
Start page: 150;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Transport distance | Sex | Live weight loss | Dress weight

The transport distance have a significant impact on the levels of stress burden on animals before slaughter and have an impact on veterinary decision-making about meat edibility and also on the quality of slaughtered animal meat. The objective of the study was to determine live weight, dress weight and body weight loss during transportation of different sex group of pigs into the Slaughtering house. The body weight loss during pre-slaughter treatment of animals was recorded and carcass value traits were assessed in details. Relationship between pig live weight and dress weight was reported as dress weight = 1.06 + 0. 73 live weight. There were significant effect of sex and transport distance on live weight at slaughter, carcass weights and dressing percentage (p
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