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Nutritional manipulation increases intramuscular fat in finisher gilts

D'Souza, D.N., Dunshea, F.R., Pethick, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-3255-7677, Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164 and McCullough, S.M. (2002) Nutritional manipulation increases intramuscular fat in finisher gilts. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 11 (s5). S245-S251.

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The Australian pork industry in keeping with consumer demands for leaner meat has used lean pig breeds in Australia. As a consequence, this has reduced intramuscular fat (IMF) levels to 1%, and the perception now is that pork has reduced flavour, is tougher, and less moist (1). The cost of changing a herd’s genotype to improve IMF levels can be very cost prohibitive and one that Australian pork producers may not adopt given the present payment schedules. The role of nutrition to improve IMF levels in pork to improve the eating quality of pork remains a strategy that has been largely uninvestigated. Hence the aim of this experiment is to investigate the use of nutritional manipulation to increase IMF levels in pork.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: HEC Press
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