Checkoff Calls for Research Projects on Longevity, Transport

by 5m Editor
31 March 2004, at 12:00am

US - The Pork Checkoff is announcing a call for research proposals in two key areas of Checkoff research: animal science and animal welfare.

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The animal-science call targets sow longevity, while the animal-welfare call targets pig transport. The requests come from a need to expand the scientific body of information in these key areas. The application deadline is May 10 and will allow for funding to begin July 1.

“We’ve seen a need for specific research in animal science and welfare, and this targeted request allows Checkoff funding to address specific questions as identified by our producer committees,“ said Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology for the Pork Checkoff. “The research is critical to our ability to provide science-based information about issues that are important to our producers’ success.“

The sow-longevity research call focuses on the decision-making processes for sow culling, identification of breeding animals at risk of sudden death and the welfare of the sow during the lactation to rebreeding interval.

The transportation request will examine the welfare of pigs during road transport. The first request looks for projects comparing truck designs and how they affect finisher pig welfare. The second request will focus on the welfare of nursery and grower pigs during road transportation.

For more information on the research call, go to and click on the “2004 Research Solicitation“ menu, in the areas of animal science and animal welfare.

Source: National Pork Board - 31st March 2004

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