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Meta-analysis of swine carcass condemnation in commercial scale

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2012 IX International Livestock Environment Symposium (ILES IX)  ILES12-2296.(doi:10.13031/2013.41612)
Authors:   Fabiana R Caldara, Irenilza A Nääs, Lesley S Bueno, Douglas D Salgado, Rodrigo G Garcia, Ibiara C.L Almeida Paz
Keywords:   Abscess, animal welfare, respiratory problem

This meta-analysis was carried out in a commercial slaughterhouse to investigate the effect of season on the amount of carcass condemnation. Data related to condemnation of carcasses from 2007 to 2009 were organized and converted into a percentage of the total number of animals slaughtered in the period. Temperature and Humidity Index (THI) was calculated using regional meteorological data. The condemnations were divided into five groups: (1) pleurisy/pneumonia; (2) enteritis, (3) arthritis; (4) abscesses; and (5) fractures/contusions/deaths. Statistical analysis was carried out to identify possible correlations. It was found that only during the months of May through September, the pigs in the pre-slaughter waiting area were under comfort condition (61 (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)