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Enhancing Pork Quality and Value Using Live Animal Ultrasound Technology for…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80925
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00153
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BIOTRONICS, INC
1606 GOLDEN ASPEN DR Ames, IA 50010 8011
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Enhancing Pork Quality and Value Using Live Animal Ultrasound Technology for Better Breeding and Marketing Decisions
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-02402
Award Amount: $346,000.00
 

Abstract:

Consumers and an ever growing segment of the pork industry know that more optimal levels of marbling must be put back into the high-value pork cuts. Biotronics, Inc. is developing technology to solve this problem by using real-time ultrasound to measure the percent of intramuscular (% IMF) fat in live pigs and hot carcasses. The premise of the project is that swine breeders can be rewarded financially for production of pigs resulting in higher levels of % IMF if the pork packing plant realizes premiums for their product. The project takes a twopronged approach, targeting both swine breeders and the pork packing industry. The platform for the instrument grading technology will be identical for the two segments of the industry. The project will refine research models to accurately characterize the % IMF levels in the pork longissimus dorsi muscle in live and hot carcasses, demonstrate an operational system using the technology in the packing plant, and document the anticipated economic impact of the technology for the packer and the swine breeder. Results of the project will allow swine breeders to make genetic selections for optimal levels of % IMF in their seed stock and will give the packing industry an accurate measurement of % IMF to sort and target higher value carcasses to niche markets. All segments of the pork industry will benefit, with the ultimate benefit to be realized by the consumer.

Principal Investigator:

Doyle E. Wilson
President
5152334161
dewilson@biotronics-inc.com

Business Contact:

Doyle E. Wilson
President
5152964010
dewilson@biotronics-inc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Biotronics, Inc.
1606 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 104 Ames, IA 50010

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No