With NIFA funding, researchers at North Carolina A&T State University examined how different production systems affect the growth rate and meat quality of different breeds of pigs, including pure Berkshire pigs Hereford, Tamworth, and crossbred pigs.
They tested alternative production systems, such as group housing in deep-bedded hoop barns and pasture-based production.
The research revealed that alternative production systems may result in higher quality pigs. These approaches also have the potential to address animal welfare, environmental, and food safety concerns and could appeal to niche/specialty markets.
Read more about the swine industry research.
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