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Effect of finishing weight on feed energy intake and carcass quality in pigs for slaughter

, : Effect of finishing weight on feed energy intake and carcass quality in pigs for slaughter. Archiv fuer Tierzucht 30(5): 441-450

A reduction of the finishing weight in pigs for slaughter leads to a proportional decrease in feed expenditure during fattening and a progressive increase in the meat percentage over against the fat content of the carcass. From economic aspects both effects favour a reduction of the finishing weight in pigs. The production of high-quality carcasses must be further stimulated by pricing and grading measures. A forthcoming paper will deal with the complex optimization of finishing weight in pigs.

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