Effect of Weaning Management on Carcass Characteristics of T&D Pigs

Authors(8) :-G. Kalita, R. Rouchoudhury, D. Kalita, B. N. Saikia, J. Saharia, M. Bora, M. K. Nath, D. J. Talukdar

The present study was carried out on 24 growing finishing T &D (Tamworth x Desi) pigs maintained at All India Coordinated Research Project on Pig (Mega Seed Project), College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahati-781022, Assam, which were weaned at 28, 35, 42 and 56 days. After the end of growing finishing period (14 to 34 weeks) all the pigs were slaughter to study some of the important quantitative and qualitative carcass traits. Pigs under 28 days weaning group weigh significantly (P<0.05) higher carcass weight compared to 35, 42 or 56 days weaning group. Whereas no differences were observed in dressing percentage (%), head weight, weight of alimentary tract with contents including urinary bladder, genitalia, spleen, kidney and pancreas and weight of shank among the carcasses of pigs under different weaning groups. Apart from loin and bacon, no differences were observed in ham, picnic, butt and jowl weight in the carcasses of pigs weaned at different ages in the present study. It was observed that there were only numerical superiority of carcass length and loin eye area, but significantly (P<0.05) higher back fat thickness in early weaned pigs compared to lately weaned pigs.

Authors and Affiliations

G. Kalita
Department of Livestock Production Management, College of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, Central Agricultural University, Aizawl, Mizoram, India
R. Rouchoudhury
Department of Livestock Production Management, College of Veterinary Sciences , Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat-22, Assam, India
D. Kalita
AICRP on Pig, College of Veterinary Sciences , Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat, Assam, India
B. N. Saikia
Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Sciences, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat, Assam, India
J. Saharia
Department of Livestock Production Management, College of Veterinary Sciences , Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat-22, Assam, India
M. Bora
Department of Livestock Production Management, College of Veterinary Sciences , Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat-22, Assam, India
M. K. Nath
AICRP on Pig, College of Veterinary Sciences , Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat, Assam, India
D. J. Talukdar
AICRP on Pig, College of Veterinary Sciences , Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahat, Assam, India

Weaning, T&D pigs, quantitative and qualitative carcass traits, whole sale cuts, carcass length, backfat thickness, loin eye area

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Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 2 | March-April 2016
Date of Publication : 2016-05-05
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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G. Kalita, R. Rouchoudhury, D. Kalita, B. N. Saikia, J. Saharia, M. Bora, M. K. Nath, D. J. Talukdar, " Effect of Weaning Management on Carcass Characteristics of T&D Pigs, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.342-350, March-April-2016. Available at doi : 10.32628/IJSRST1622122
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