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Carcass and Meat quality

The goal of the research programme on carcass and meat quality is to secure healthy and efficient swine production, as well as tasty pork for the customers. One of the main value creation issues in pork production is improved carcass quality (lean meat content and amount of valuable cuts).

A greater focus on new technologies (computed tomography (CT), ultrasound and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)) continues to be important for phenotyping the selection candidates and increasing the accuracy of breeding value estimations so that better pig meat for the market can be produced.

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Building a new atlas for pig breeding

With the advancement of large-scale computed tomography (CT) in the Topigs Norsvin breeding system, there has been a huge increase in genetic progress in body composition and lameness detection.

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Topigs Norsvins’ innovations for better meat quality

The success of selecting Topigs Norsvin breeds for meat quality traits lies in high-quality rapid analyses combined with the possibility to select directly for traits like intramuscular fat and drip loss.

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Scientific publications

2015Gjerlaug-Enger, E., Haug, A., Gaarder, M., Ljøkjel, K., Stenseth, R. S., Sigfridson, K., Egelandsdal, B., Saarem, K. and Berg, P.Pig feeds rich in rapeseed products and organic selenium increased omega-3 fatty acids and selenium in pork meat and backfatFood Science & Nutrition
2015GBC Backus, E van den Broek, B van der Fels, L Heres, VM Immink, EF Knol, M Kornelis, PK Mathur, C van der Peet-Schwering, JW van Riel, HM Snoek, A de Smet, GML Tacken, NI Valeeva, CPA van WagenbergEvaluation of producing and marketing entire male pigsNJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
2015Gangsei, Lars Erik, and Jørgen KongsroAutomatic segmentation of Computed Tomography (CT) images of domestic pig skeleton using a 3D expansion of Dijkstra’s algorithmComputers and Electronics in Agriculture
2015Scholz, A. M., Bünger, L., Kongsro, J., Baulain, U., & Mitchell, a. DNon-invasive methods for the determination of body and carcass composition in livestock: dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound: invited reviewAnimal
2015Gjerlaug-Enger, E., J. Ødegård, J. Kongsro., Ø. Nordbø and E. GrindflekWhat is the best strategy to increase the accuracy of genomic selection for meat quality traits?66th EAAP, Warsaw
2015Zhu, H., O'Farrell, M., Bouquet, G., Lunde, K., Egelandsdal, B., Alvseike, O., Berg, P., Gjerlaug-Enger, E. & Hansen, E. W.Evaluating nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as a robust reference method for online spectroscopic measurement of water holding capacity (WHC).Journal of Food Engineering
2014CMC van der Peet-Schwering, LMP Troquet, GP Binnendijk, HM Vermeer et alEffect of genetic background for boar taint on the behaviour and boar taint of boarsEdepot
2014J ten Napel, PK Mathur, HA Mulder, EF KnolGenetic Control of Skatole in Intact Boars is Dependent on the Actual Androstenone LevelWCGALP
2014N Duijvesteijn, EF Knol, P BijmaBoar taint in entire male pigs: A genomewide association study for direct and indirect genetic effects on androstenoneJAS