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Visceral organ weights of swine selected for reduced backfat thickness and increased growth rate

Cliplef, R.L.; Mckay, R.M.

Canadian Journal of Animal Science 73(1): 201-206

1993


ISSN/ISBN: 0008-3984
DOI: 10.4141/cjas93-020
Accession: 002544335

Eight generations of Yorkshire swine and seven generations of Hampshire swine, involving a total of 2300 animals of which 1350 were selected for reduced backfat thickness and increased growth rate, had concurrent increases in visceral organ weights (heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidney). Implications are that this could cmount to 0.4 kg less weight per carcass.

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