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Pig housing affects the fatty acid profile of back fat and belly fat in growing pigs

Trezona, M., Mullan, B.P., Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164, Pethick, D.W.ORCID: 0000-0002-3255-7677, Dunshea, F.R. and D'Souza, D.N. (2005) Pig housing affects the fatty acid profile of back fat and belly fat in growing pigs. In: Manipulating Pig Production X. Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA), 27 - 30 November, Christchurch, New Zealand p. 14.

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The fatty acid composition of pig tissue is largely a reflection of the fatty acid pattern of the diet, however age and ambient temperature can also have an effect. Meat quality attributes are influenced by the fatty acid composition of subcutaneous, intermuscular and intramuscular fat. Fatty acid concentration influences the firmness of the fat, which in turn affects the appearance and cutting of fresh and processed pork (Tume and D'Souza, 1999). In addition, fat colour and flavour can be affected by the fatty acid profile. Lambooij et al (2004) investigated the effects of housing conditions on pork quality characteristics and concluded that differences in pork quality can be substantial when differences in housing conditions are large. In this study we hypothesised that the environmental differences between conventional and deep litter housing would affect the fatty acid profile of pig fat tissue and that these differences may influence carcass quality and eating quality.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
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