Pig research

Massey scientists’ pig research is primarily focused on nutrition and how it affects growth and production.

Research expertise

Meat processing

Research in meat science and technology is focussed upon production and processing factors that influence the textural and flavour properties of meat, refrigeration and packaging systems and on the identification and extraction of bioactive components from meat. Research is also carried out on further processed meat products and pet foods.

These research programmes cover the beef, pork and sheep meat sectors.

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Modelling nutrient flow and growth

We are investigating growth and product quality in animals by developing growth models. All available information about nutrition, metabolism and genetics is synthesised, transformed into mathematical algorithms, and integrated into a simulation computer program.  

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Pig nutrition

We focus on testing and evaluating feedstuffs and feed additives, investigating the impact of feed processing on digestive efficiency, management of gut flora through nutrition and husbandry. We also investigate how the diet can improve human health with enriched animal product.

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Services

Animal Genetic Services

Massey University’s Equine Parentage and Animal Genetics Services Centre offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand.

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Farm Services Clinic

Massey University’s Farm Services Clinic provides on-farm treatment for all farm animals as well as in-clinic consultations as required. We have a large animal hospital in Palmerston North providing ongoing care as well as advanced diagnostic imaging, intensive care and surgery for our patients.

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Pig production consultancy

Massey University is contracted by NZ Pork to provide technical advice and services to the pork industry. We run seminars and workshops, provide technical services and consult on environmental issues, animal welfare and industry analysis.

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Research centres

Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre

The Centre focuses on animal welfare in a diverse range of human-animal interactions. This includes the use of animals in research, teaching and testing, on farms, in the home, for sport, recreation and entertainment, in service roles, in zoos and the wild, and in other arenas.

Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre

Monogastric Research Centre

The Centre is an Australasian Centre of Excellence on monogastric species. Research focuses on feed evaluation, nutrition, husbandry and welfare. It provides a focal point for the New Zealand monogastric industries and has extensive international linkages.

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Animal expertise

Find out more about research, facilities, research degrees, services and resources to do with production animal specialities at Massey University.

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