Portable Backfat Thickness

  • Portable backfat thickness (PBT) is a new technology that is being used in the meat industry to more accurately measure the thickness of fat on hogs. This information is then used to help predict yield and leanness of the hog. PBT is a non-invasive, quick, and easy way to measure backfat thickness. It is done with a small handheld device that measures the thickness of the fat layer just under the skin. PBT is already being used by some packers and processors in the US, and it is slowly gaining popularity. The use of PBT may eventually replace traditional methods of measuring backfat thickness, such as ultrasound.

    What is Backfat Thickness?

    Backfat thickness is a measure of the amount of fat on the back of an animal. It is typically measured in inches, and is used to determine the degree of fatness in animals such as pigs and cattle. Backfat thickness can be affected by factors such as diet, exercise, and genetics.

    Importance of Backfat Thickness

    Backfat thickness is an important trait to consider when selecting pigs for breeding and pork production. It is a heritable trait that affects carcass value, meat quality, and leanness.

    Pork with more backfat tends to be juicier and more flavorful, but it also has more fat calories. Leaner pork has less fat, but it can be dryer and less flavorful. The ideal backfat thickness depends on your personal preferences and how you intend to cook and eat the pork.

    If you are looking for pork to produce high-quality bacon, ham, or other cured meats, then thicker backfat is desirable. For leaner cuts of pork that will be grilled, roasted, or stir-fried, thinner backfat is better.

    No matter what your preference, make sure to check the labels when buying pork so you know what you’re getting. Backfat thickness is not always listed on package labels, but you can ask your butcher or local farmer about the backfat thickness of their pigs.

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    Portable backfat thickness (PBT) is a new technology that allows for the noninvasive measurement of subcutaneous fat thickness. The technology uses a low-frequency ultrasound transducer to measure the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer at multiple sites on the body. PBT has been shown to be a reliable predictor of body fatness and obesity, and has potential applications in clinical and research settings.


    Eaceni is pleased to add the portable ultrasound machine for animals as a resource to help veterinarians provide more advanced diagnosis. This will allow us to provide our clients with more information to help them make the best decisions about the ongoing care of their beloved four-legged friend.If you're still not sure which machine to choose, contact the Eaceni handheld ultrasound machine to talk to us.