Articles | Volume 64, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 425–435, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-64-425-2021
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 425–435, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-64-425-2021

Original study 14 Oct 2021

Original study | 14 Oct 2021

Combined effects of weather conditions, transportation time and loading density on carcass damages and meat quality of market-weight pigs

Nikola Čobanović et al.

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This study investigated the interactive effects of weather conditions, transportation time and loading density on carcass damages and meat quality traits of pigs. Pigs exposed to short transportation at low space allocation during hot weather conditions produced the lowest pork quality. Pigs exposed to short transportation at high loading density during cold weather conditions produced the highest pork quality. Hence, weather and transport conditions are of great importance for the pork quality.