Pig Challenges



Meat Quality

The main objective of pig production is to produce quality, wholesome meat that provides a positive eating experience for the consumer.

Meat quality means different things to different people. Consumers want a safe, healthy, tasty and affordable product that is easy to prepare, retailers want to display attractive products, and pig companies want to deliver this efficiently at peak cost. All of these definitions will impact an operation’s bottom line.

Drip loss and oxidation can influence meat quality. Drip loss reduces the weight of saleable product as well as its eating quality. Oxidation causes degradation during storage, which affects product appearance.

Pig Challenges