Luigi Faucitano

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Research scientist

I coordinate a research program on 1) Preslaughter management of pigs and its effects on animal welfare and meat quality and 2) Validation of indicators for the reliable assessment of stress response preslaughter and prediction of meat quality variation.

Current research and/or projects

  • Application of dietary and management strategies to manipulate preslaughter muscle glycogen level and improve meat quality in pigs. Funded by AAFC Science Technology Branch.

  • Development of an assessment tool to improve production practices (from birth to slaughter), animal welfare and meat quality under the Canadian commercial conditions. Funded by AAFC Science Technology Branch.

  • Optimisation de la qualité microbiologique et de l’innocuité des produits de porc frais et transformés. Funded by the Canadian Food Innovators Cluster Program.

  • Effects of improved design trailers on the welfare of pigs transported under Canadian conditions. Funded by AAFC-Agriscience

  • Effects of producing heavier market weight pigs on their easiness of handling and space requirements during transport to slaughter. Funded by  AAFC-Agriscience.

Research and/or project statements

Livestock handling and transport are major issues for all of the agricultural animal industries in Canada at this time. The interest of the Canadian pork industry is based on the need (1) to reduce profit losses due to mortality rate during transport to slaughter and carcass trim losses and restrictions on marketing, particularly for exporting poor quality pork, and (2) to market animal welfare and high quality certified pork. These objectives can be met by developing novel, reliable and easy to use under commercial conditions animal welfare monitoring tools. These issues are the objectives of Dr. Faucitano’s current research program and meet two objectives of the AAFC Science and Innovation Strategy Plan, in terms of increasing productivity and food quality attributes.

Professional activities / interests

1) Expert member of AAFC-CFIA Animal Welfare Advisory group and of the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW, Beijing, China)

2)  Member of the scientific committee organizing the symposium “Meat Science and Muscle Biology” at the ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting and the 2020 International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST)

3) Associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Animal Science

4) Supervision of 10 Master and 11 PhD students, and 7 post-doc fellows and participation in the evaluation of 16 thesis dissertations.

Education and awards

B.Sc. in Science for Animal Production, University of Bologna, Italy, 1990

PhD in Animal Science, University of Bologna, Italy, 1996

Recipient of the Canadian Society of Animal Science Award in Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science., 2015.

Recipient of the Canadian Society of Animal Science Technical Innovation in Enhancing Production of Safe Affordable Food Award, 2018.

International experience and/or work

Participation in the following international projects:

1) Study of the impact of preslaughter handling on welfare and pork quality in pigs. Funded by Embrapa (Brazil)

2) Study of the efficiency of different slaughter systems, in terms of animal welfare and beef quality. Funded by UNESP (Brazil)

3) The role of cognitive bias in animal emotions, its effect on animal welfare and meat quality and the search for potential biomarkers of ante- and peri-slaughter stress factors. Funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia y Investigacion de España (Spain)

4) Analysis of insulin-like growth factor binding proteins in plasma from slaughter pigs after transport. Funded by the German Ministry for Science and Technology/Ligandis Biomarker Research (Germany) 

5) Effects of temperament of beef cattle kept in feedlot at different space allowances on growth performance, and carcass and meat quality traits. Funded by FAPESP (Brazil)

Provided more than 30 invited talks in USA, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia.

Key publications

  1. Rocha, L.M., Velarde, A., Dalmau, A., Saucier, L., and Faucitano, L. (2013). "Does monitoring of animal welfare parameters through the supply chain predict pork meat quality variation?", CSAS-CMSA Joint Annual Meeting, Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff, AB, Canada, June 18-20, 2013, O11-GS, pp. 7.

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  2. Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., Faucitano, L., and Crowe, T.G. (2013). "Scoping document on long- distance transport of farm animals.", National Farm Animal Health and Welfare Council. (Presentation)

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  3. Gil, M., Faucitano, L., Talbot, G., Devillers, N., and Saucier, L. (2013). "Stratégies pré-abattage pour améliorer la qualité microbiologique des carcasses de porc.", Congrès de bactériologie intégrative: symbiose & pathogenèse (BiSP), Québec, QC, Canada, novembre 28-29, 2013.

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  4. Goumon, S., Bergeron, R., Faucitano, L., Crowe, T., Connor, M.L., Gonyou, H.W. (2013). Effect of previous ramp exposure and regular handling on heart rate, ease of handling and behaviour of near market-weight pigs during a simulated loading. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, [online] 93(4), 461-470. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJAS2013-166

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  5. Weschenfelder, A.V., Torrey, S., Devillers, N., Crowe, T., Bassols, A., Saco, Y., Piñeiro, M., Saucier, L., Faucitano, L. (2013). Effects of trailer design on animal welfare parameters and carcass and meat quality of three Pietrain crosses being transported over a short distance. Livestock Science, [online] 157(1), 234-244. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2013.07.004

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  6. Rocha, L.M., Bridi, A.M., Foury, A., Mormède, P., Weschenfelder, A.V., Devillers, N., Bertoloni, W., Faucitano, L. (2013). Effects of ractopamine administration and castration method on the response to preslaughter stress and carcass and meat quality in pigs of two Piétrain genotypes. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 91(8), 3965-3977. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2012-6058

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  7. Goumon, S., Faucitano, L., Bergeron, R., Crowe, T., Connor, M.L., Gonyou, H.W. (2013). Effect of ramp configuration on easiness of handling, heart rate, and behavior of near-market weight pigs at unloading. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 91(8), 3889-3898. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2012-6083

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  8. Weschenfelder, A.V., Saucier, L., Maldague, X., Rocha, L.M., Schaefer, A.L., Faucitano, L. (2013). Use of infrared ocular thermography to assess physiological conditions of pigs prior to slaughter and predict pork quality variation. Meat Science, [online] 95(3), 616-620. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.06.003

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  9. Torrey, S., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T., Lewis, N., Crowe, T., Correa, J.A., Brown, J., Gonyou, H.W., Faucitano, L. (2013). Transportation of market-weight pigs: I. Effect of season, truck type, and location within truck on behavior with a two-hour transport. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 91(6), 2863-2871. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2012-6005

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  10. Torrey, S., Bergeron, R., Faucitano, L., Widowski, T., Lewis, N., Crowe, T., Correa, J.A., Brown, J., Hayne, S., Gonyou, H.W. (2013). Transportation of market-weight pigs: II. Effect of season and location within truck on behavior with an eight-hour transport. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 91(6), 2872-2878. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2012-6006

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  11. Correa, J.A., Gonyou, H.W., Torrey, S., Widowski, T., Bergeron, R., Crowe, T.G., Laforest, J.P., Faucitano, L. (2013). Welfare and carcass and meat quality of pigs being transported for two hours using two vehicle types during two seasons of the year. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, [online] 93(1), 43-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJAS2012-088

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  12. Goumon, S., Brown, J.A., Faucitano, L., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Crowe, T., Connor, M.L., Gonyou, H.W. (2013). Effects of transport duration on maintenance behavior, heart rate and gastrointestinal tract temperature of market-weight pigs in 2 seasons. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 91(10), 4925-4935. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2012-6081

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  13. Goumon, S., Brown, J.A., Faucitano, L., Bergeron, R., Crowe, T., Connor, M.L., Gonyou, H.W. (2013). Effect of rest duration on recovery from repeated exercise in near-market-weight pigs. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 91(12), 5859-5867. http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2012-6184

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  14. Berthiaume, R.R., Lafrenière, C., Fortin, J., Gariépy, C., Mandell, I.B., and Faucitano, L. (2012). "Growth, feed efficiency, carcass quality and consumer perception of beef cattle fed PM vs AM cut grass or a red clover-grass mixture.", XVI International Silage Conference, Hämeenlinna, Finland, July 2-4, 2012. (Abstract)

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  15. Araújo, A.P., Dalla Costa, O.A., Roça, R.O., Ludtke, C.B., Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., and Guidoni, A.L. (2012). "Comportamento dos suínos submetidos a diferentes períodos de aspersão e descanso (Behaviour of pigs submitted to different water spray and rest periods).", EventoBA 2012 Congreso Internacional sobre Bienestar Animal / International Conference on Animal Welfare, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 10-11, 2012.

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  16. Fox, J., Widowski, T.M., Torrey, S., Nannoni, E., Bergeron, R., Gonyou, H.W., Brown, J.A., Crowe, T.G., and Faucitano, L. (2012). "The effect of water sprinkling on behavior and core body temperature of market hogs transported during summer.", ADSA-AMPA-ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS 2012 Joint Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, AZ, USA, July 15-19, 2012, #T9, Published in: J. Anim. Sci., 90 (Suppl. 3), 255. (Poster)

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  17. Faucitano, L. (2012). "Pre-slaughter stress and pork quality.", ADSA-AMPA-ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS 2012 Joint Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, AZ, USA, July 15-19, 2012, Published in: J. Anim. Sci., 90(Suppl. 3), pp. 662.

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  18. Rocha, L.M., Dionne, A., Martin, P.P., Pommier, S., Saucier, L., Mattanna, P., Formighieri, R., Nannoni, E., and Faucitano, L. (2012). "Use of the hand-held lactate analyzer for the real-time measurement of blood lactate prior to and at slaughter and early prediction of pork quality variation.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012.

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  19. Rocha, L.M., Bridi, A.M., Devillers, N., Daigneault, J., Weschenfelder, A.V., Bertoloni, W., and Faucitano, L. (2012). "Effects of ractopamine adminsitration and castration method on the behavioral and physiological response to preslaughter stress in pigs of two Pietrain genotypes.", 11th International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) North-American Regional Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, May 11-12, 2012, pp. 45. (Abstract)

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  20. Rocha, L.M., Bridi, A.M., Faucitano, L., Weschenfelder, A.V., Bertoloni, W., and Devillers, N. (2012). "Effects of ractopamine administration and castration method on the response to pre-slaughter stress in pigs of two pietrain genotypes.", 11th International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) North-American Regional Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, May 11-12, 2012, pp. 45.

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Research facility

2000 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC J1M 0C8
Canada

Affiliations

  • Associate professor, Université Laval, Département des sciences animales (Québec)

  • Associate professor, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Department of Animal Science, Brazil

  • Associate professor, University of Guelph, Departement of Animal Biosciences, Guelph, ON, Canada

Language

English
French

Other languages

Italian, Spanish, Portuguese