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METHODS OF IMPROVING PIG WELFARE AND MEAT QUALITY BY REDUCING STRESS AND DISCOMFORT BEFORE SLAUGHTER

Objective



The research in this project will use different (known) genetic strains and slaughter weights and will be carried out in a number of European countries, so that varying climatic conditions can be taken into account. Moreover, common methods of measurements will be agreed upon and expertise of the participating institutions will be coordinated, utilised and disseminated.

The aim of this proposal is to carry out basic and applied studies on the effects of the treatment of slaughter pigs during transport and lairage so that good welfare can be assured and meat quality maximised. Emphasis will also be placed on improving the working environment of personnel handling livestock.

The results will lead to guidelines that can be used throughout the community in relation to quality assurance schemes and legislation and to new pre-competitive design criteria for pig handling and transport systems.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
K. Mercierlaan 92
3001 Heverlee
Belgium

Participants (8)

DANISH MEAT RESEARCH INST.
Denmark
Address
Maglegaardsvej 2
4000 Roskilde
DLO RESEARCH INST. FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION "SCHOONOORD"
Netherlands
Address
Schoonoord 501 P.o. Box
3700 AM Zeist
FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN
Germany
Address
Töntgenstraße 12
2053 Schwarzenbek
LNETI
Portugal
Address
Rua Vale Formoso 1
1900 Lisboa
SILSOE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Wrest Park, Silsoe
MK454HS Silsoe,bedford
University of Bristol
United Kingdom
Address
Langford House Langford
BS18 7DY Bristol
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Madingley Road
CB3 0ES Cambridge
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Italy
Address
Via Fratelli Rosselli 107
42100 Reggio Emilia