Marcel Marcoux

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Research professional

My role is to develop tools and objective methods for assessing the quality of carcasses used in scientific and commercial environments; to assess the body composition of pork, beef and lamb carcasses using direct (dissection) and indirect (instruments) methods; and to validate and develop carcass classification and producer payment systems. I also have the role of evaluating the relationship between the various quality criteria for carcasses and their market value.

Assessing the effects of various production parameters (diet, genetics, farming method, etc.) on the body composition of carcasses and cuts of meat.

I also have the role of providing advice on biological research to a range of internal and external clients and to scientific and network managers.

Current research and/or projects

- Use of novel technologies to optimize pig performance, welfare and carcass value Swine Innovation Porc, Cluster 2. 

- Precision of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry measurements obtained on pork half-carcasses.

- The relationship between different pork carcass lean yield definitions and the market carcass value.

Research and/or project statements

- Assessing the conformation and body composition of pig, beef, cull cow and lamb carcasses using direct dissection methods and indirect measurements using instruments;

- Validating and developing carcass grading and producer payment methods;

- Establishing systems to evaluate the quality of carcasses in relation to their market value;

- Developing tools integrating various measurement technologies (X-rays, bioimpedance, 2D and 3D imaging, ultrasound and optical probes) used to assess carcass quality;

- Establishing the influence of diet, genetics or production methods on variations in the weights of cuts of meat and their muscle and fat content and on the economic return on marketing the meat

Education and awards

- Université Laval, Québec, Quebec

M.Sc. (Animal Sciences, classification of pig carcasses and quality of meat products) 

B.Sc. (Agronomy)

- Séminaire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec

D.E.C. (Science)

- Polyvalente Le Triolet, Sherbrooke, Quebec

C.E.P. (Butchery and Charcuterie) 

- Polyvalente La Frontalière, Coaticook, Quebec

D.E.S. (Animal Production)


Recipient of the 2000 Percy Gitelman Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA)

Excellence scholarship offered by the CDPQ (Centre de développement du porc du Québec) as part of my training in agronomy (Université Laval)

First prize in the “Jeunes Bouchers et Bouchères 1990” competition as part of the Salon international de la jeunesse (Montreal)

Key publications

  1. Kipper, M., Pomar, C., Marcoux, M., and Radünz, J. (2015). "Évaluation de la technologie DXA pour étudier la composition des carcasses de porc et de ses coupes principales.", Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 47, pp. 31-36.

    2015 - View publication details

  2. Font-i-Furnols, M., Ouellet, F., Larochelle, H., Marcoux, M., and Pomar, C. (2014). "Détermination de la composition de la carcasse de porc et la composition des coupes principales selon différentes méthodes d’analyses statistiques.", Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 46, pp. 53-54.

    2014 - View publication details

  3. Kipper, M., Pomar, C., and Marcoux, M. (2014). "Precision of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry measurements obtained on pork half-carcasses.", Journal of Animal Science, 92(Suppl. 2), pp. 131. (Abstract)

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  4. Marcoux, M., Pomar, C., Faucitano, L., and Brodeur, C. (2006). "Relationship between the lean yield definition, the leanness and the marketing value of the pork carcass.", Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 38, pp. 67-72.

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  5. Mercier, J., Pomar, C., Marcoux, M., Goulet, F., Thériault, M., and Castonguay, F.W. (2006). "The use of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry to estimate the dissected composition of lamb carcasses.", Meat Science, 73(2), pp. 249-257.

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  6. Marcoux, M., Faucitano, L., and Pomar, C. (2006). Qualité des flancs de porc - validation des méthodes de mesure. Rapport final. (Report)

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  7. Correa, J.A., Faucitano, L., LaForest, J.-P., Rivest, J., Marcoux, M., and Gariépy, C. (2006). "Effects of slaughter weight on carcass composition and meat quality in pigs of two different growth rates.", Meat Science, 72(1), pp. 91-99.

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  8. Pomar, C. and Marcoux, M. (2005). "The accuracy of measuring backfat and loin muscle thicknesses on pork carcasses by the Hennessy HGP2, Destron PG-100, CGM and ultrasound CVT grading probes.", Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 85(4), pp. 481-492.

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  9. Marcoux, M., Pomar, C., Faucitano, L., and Thériault, P. (2005). Impact du niveau d'engraissement boucher (i.e. rendement canadien), en viande maigre (i.e. rendement européen ou T.V.M.) et en viande maigre dégraissé (i.e. rendement américain) des carcasses de porc ainsi que sur le prix payé aux producteurs et sur la valeur marchande des carcasses. (Report)

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  10. Marcoux, M., Faucitano, L., and Pomar, C. (2005). "The accuracy of predicting carcass composition of three different pig genetic lines by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.", Meat Science, 70, pp. 655-663.

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  11. Castonguay, F.W., Pomar, C., Mercier, J., Thériault, M., Daigle, J.P., Marcoux, M., and Goulet, F. (2005). La qualité des agneaux lourds québécois . . . On y travaille ! Rapport de recherche remis au CORPAQ (projet no. 101064). (Report)

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  12. Pomar, C. and Marcoux, M. (2003). "Comparing the Canadian pork lean yields and grading indexes predicted from grading methods based on Destron and Hennessy probe measurements.", Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 83(3), pp. 451-458.

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  13. Marcoux, M., Bernier, J.F., and Pomar, C. (2003). "Estimation of Canadian and European lean yields and composition of pig carcasses by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.", Meat Science, 63(3), pp. 359-365.

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  14. Pomar, C., Fortin, A.F., and Marcoux, M. (2002). "Successive measurements of carcass fat and loin muscle depths at the same site with optical probes.", Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 82(4), pp. 595-598.

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  15. Pomar, C., Rivest, J., Bailleul, P.J.D., and Marcoux, M. (2001). "Predicting loin-eye area from ultrasound and grading probe measurements of fat and muscle depths in pork carcasses.", Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 81(4), pp. 429-434.

    2001 - View publication details

Research facility

2000 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z3