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Biotronics' 'toolbox' predicts marbling in live swine

Agriculture.com Staff 01/20/2006 @ 2:45pm

Biotronics, Inc. today announced a new technology the company says could revolutionize the swine industry. The company's BioSoft Toolbox for Swine is a system that captures ultrasound images and interprets them. Biotronics says the system is the first of its kind to accurately predict the percentage of intramuscular fat in live swine.

Doyle Wilson, President of Biotronics, has been working with Viren Amin, Chief Scientist with the company, on the program since last summer. The program lets swine geneticists, breeders and others in the pork industry scan live hogs using real-time ultrasound to predict the amount of intramuscular fat in the loin eye muscle.

"Intramuscular fat percentage (IMF) has been determined as a very important meat quality trait," Tom Baas, Iowa State University animal scientist said in a company release. "The ability of pork producers to accurately predict intramuscular fat percentage will allow them to make important progress in the pork industry."

The new technology gives swine breeders of all sizes and levels a chance to compete with relatively equal resources while working toward pork quality improvements, the company says.

Biotronics, Inc. today announced a new technology the company says could revolutionize the swine industry. The company's BioSoft Toolbox for Swine is a system that captures ultrasound images and interprets them. Biotronics says the system is the first of its kind to accurately predict the percentage of intramuscular fat in live swine.

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