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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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