Meat production using four terminal pig lines



The influence of terminal sire (Duroc (D1 and D2), Large White/Pietrain (LW/P) and Large White (LW)) on several meat production and meat quality traits was investigated in 452 male and female offspring of Landrace/Large White dams. Age at slaughter, carcass length, carcass weight and dressing yield were similar for all lines, as was the production of shoulders, chops, and ribs with bacon. D2-sired pigs produced more noble pieces as a percentage of their carcass weight than the other three lines. LW/P- and LW-sired pigs were generally leaner than Duroc-sired pigs. LW/P and LW pigs had the highest percentage of cuts (longissimus dorsi and semimembranosus muscle) classified as pale, soft and exudative (PSE) meat. There were no large differences between the lines in the occurrence of dark, firm and dry (DFD) cuts. Copyright © 2003 Society of Chemical Industry