Results of measurements of the meat content of pork




Óli Þór Hilmarsson, Stefán Vilhjálmsson

Supported by:

Icelandic Pig Breeding Association


Óli Þór Hilmarsson

Project Manager

Results of measurements of the meat content of pork

In the autumn of 2004, Matra's experts worked on researching the meat content of pork carcasses in Iceland with the aim of examining the possibilities of introducing electronic assessment of pork carcasses. The results were published in Matra report number 04:08 2004. It stated that an assessment of fat and muscle thickness at certain measuring points was unfinished, which was necessary to examine the variability of Icelandic pigs within the population as well as between individual farms. It would then be necessary to evaluate the results obtained from the evaluation of a certain number of pigs and compare them with the corresponding evaluation of Norwegian pigs. The results of the audit that this report deals with show that the conditions in this country are such that it is possible to implement electronic pig meat assessment in a good way. This is confirmed, among other things, by the opinion of the Norwegian chief meat assessment, which was our support and trust in this matter. It is also confirmed by measurement results that the variability of the Icelandic pig population is so small that there is no significant deviation even though the same calculation formula is used, according to measuring instruments, for all pigs.

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