Effect of feed texture, meal frequency and pre-slaughter fasting on carcass and meat quality, and urinary cortisol in pigs.
Meat Science. 2006-12-01; 74(4): 697-703
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1. Meat Sci. 2006 Dec;74(4):697-703. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2006.05.023. Epub 2006
Effect of feed texture, meal frequency and pre-slaughter fasting on carcass and
meat quality, and urinary cortisol in pigs.
Faucitano L(1), Saucier L, Correa JA, Méthot S, Giguère A, Foury A, Mormède P,
(1)Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Dairy and Swine Research and Development
Centre, P.O. Box 90, 2000 College Street, Sherbrooke, Que., Canada J1M 1Z3.
Carcass and meat quality traits, and urinary cortisol variation was studied in 96
barrows assigned to the following treatments: feed texture (FT; mash vs.
pellets), meal frequency (MF; 2 vs. 5 meals per day) and fasting time (F; 4, 14
and 24h) according to a 2×2×3 factorial design. Pigs fed mash, receiving feed
five times a day and fasted for 24h before slaughter had lower carcass dressing