Faucitano, Luigi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

2000 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1M 0C8
Telephone: 819-780-7237
Fax: 819-564-5507
Email: luigi.faucitano@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Identification of factors influencing the conversion of muscle to meat in pigs and beef cattle
  • Improvement of stress resistance and meat quality through selection and management practices
  • Study of the relationship between animal welfare indicators, meat quality and safety
  • Improvement of pork and beef eating quality through the study of marbling characteristics

Current Projects:

  • Effects of handling procedures and transport vehicle design on the welfare and meat quality of pigs under Canadian conditions
  • Study of the efficiency of immunocastration and use of Pietrain genetics as alternatives to ractopamine administration, in terms of stress response, muscle histochemistry and carcass and meat quality in pigs
  • Nutritional and management strategies to optimize the overall profitability of Canadian beef cattle production.
  • Study of the efficiency of water sprinkling in the truck after loading and prior to unloading at two different environmental temperatures on core body temperature and carcass and meat quality in pigs
  • Use of the hand-held Lactate Analyzer for the real-time measurement of blood lactate at slaughter and early prediction of pork quality variation
  • 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
  • Assessment of physical stress in cattle during transportation to slaughter

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, Laval University, Department of Animal Science
  • Adjunct professor, University of Montreal, Department of Veterinary Biomedicine
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph, Department of Animal & Poultry Science
  • Adjunct Professor, University of São Paulo State (UNESP), Department of Animal Science, Brazil
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Department of Animal Science, Italy

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2013

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

2012

  • 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.
  • Araújo, A.P., Dalla Costa, O.A., Roça, R.O., Ludtke, C.B., Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., and Guidoni, A.L. (2012). "Meat quality of pigs submitted to different water spray periods.", EventoBA 2012 Congreso Internacional sobre Bienestar Animal / International Conference on Animal Welfare, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 10-11, 2012.
  • Araújo, A.P., Dalla Costa, O.A., Roça, R.O., Ludtke, C.B., Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., and Guidoni, A.L. (2012). "Stress levels of pigs submitted to three water spray periods.", EventoBA 2012 Congreso Internacional sobre Bienestar Animal / International Conference on Animal Welfare, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 10-11, 2012.
  • 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)
  • Brown, J.A., Scheeren, M.B., Faucitano, L., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Crowe, T.G., and Gonyou, H.W. (2012). "Truck compartment and trip duration affect pork quality of pigs transported under Canadian conditions", 38th Annual Meeting of the Animal Transportation Association (AATA), Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 18-21, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Faucitano, L. (2012). "New handling and transportation strategies under Canadian conditions.", 12th London Swine Conference, London, ON, Canada, March 28-29, 2012, pp. 121-128.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Goumon, S., Brown, J.A., Faucitano, L., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Crowe, T.G., and Gonyou, H.W. (2012). "Effects of season and transport duration on behaviour, heart rate and body temperature in market-weight pigs.", 38th Annual Meeting of the Animal Transportation Association (AATA), Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 18-21, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Nannoni, E., Widowski, T.M., Torrey, S., Fox, J., Rocha, L.M., Brown, J.A., Gonyou, H.W., Weschenfelder, A.V., Crowe, T.G., and Faucitano, L. (2012). "The effect of water sprinkling on blood lactate and meat quality of market hogs transported during summer.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012.
  • 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)
  • Rocha, L.M., Bridi, A.M., Devillers, N., Daigneault, M.J., Weschenfelder, A.V., Bertoloni, W., and Faucitano, L. (2012). "Effects of ractopamine administration and castration method on the behavioral and physiological 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. (Abstract)
  • 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.
  • 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 during slaughter and pork quality prediction.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Schwartzkopf-Genswein, K.S.G., Faucitano, L., Dadgar, S., Shand, P.J., González, L., and Crowe, T.G. (2012). "Road transport of cattle, swine and poultry in North America and its impact on animal welfare, carcass and meat quality: A review.", 58th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST), Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, Montréal, QC, Canada, August 12-17, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Seddon, Y.M., Brown, J.A., Crowe, T.G., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Correa, J.A., Faucitano, L., and Gonyou, H.W. (2012). "Truck compartment and trip duration affect stress of pigs transported under Canadian conditions.", Journal of Animal Science, 90(Suppl. 3), pp. 255. (Abstract)

2011

  • Brown, J.A., Crowe, T.G., Torrey, S., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Correa, J.A., and Faucitano, L. (2011). "Relationships between transport temperatures, pig behaviour, blood stress indicators and meat quality.", 5th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, August 8-11, 2011, pp. 18. (Abstract)
  • Faucitano, L. (2011). "Animal welfare “out of the gate” (from transport to slaughter).", 1st Integrall Forum on Swine Production, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, April 15, 2011, 59-64. (Presentation)
  • Faucitano, L. (2011). "Practical strategies to improve pig welfare during transport and at slaughter.", 62nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), Stavanger, Norway, August 29-September 2, 2011, pp. 18. (Abstract)
  • Rocha, L.M., Bridi, A.M., Bertoloni, W., Weschenfelder, A.V., and Faucitano, L. (2011). "Efficiency of immunocastration and use of Pietrain genetics as alternatives to ractopamine administration, in terms of carcass and meat quality in pigs.", 62nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), Stavanger, Norway, August 29-September 2, 2011, pp. 258. (Abstract)
  • Rocha, L.M., Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., Bertoloni, W., Weschenfelder, A.V., and Bridi, A.M. (2011). "Effects of immunocastration, Pietrain genetics and dietary ractopamine administration on carcass and meat quality traits in pigs.", 62nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), Stavanger, Norway, August 29-September 2, 2011, pp. 258.
  • de Araujo, A.P., Dalla Costa, O.A., Ludtke, C.B., Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., Guidoni, A.L., Roça, R.O., and Athaide, N.B. (2011). "Effects of different water spraying times in lairage on pork meat quality.", 38e Conbravet Congresso Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária, Florianopolis, Brazil, November 1-4, 2011.
  • de Araujo, A.P., Dalla Costa, O.A., Ludtke, C.B., Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., Guidoni, A.L., Roça, R.O., and Athaide, N.B. (2011). "Use of water-sprays in lairage: implications on animal welfare in pigs.", 38e Conbravet Congresso Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária, Florianopolis, Brazil, November 1-4, 2011.

2010

  • Faucitano, L. (2010). "Handling of pigs prior to slaughter: economical impact of good practices.", Pork Expo 2010 & V Swine Production International Forum, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, September 14-16, 2010. (Presentation)
  • Faucitano, L. (2010). "The impact of the design of the vehicle for swine transportation on animal welfare and meat quality.", Animal World, 58, pp. 187-188.
  • Faucitano, L. (2010). "Transport des porcs vers l'abattoir au Québec : Incidence sur le bien-être de l'animal et la qualité de la viande.", Porc Québec, 21(3), pp. 52-54.
  • Faucitano, L., Devillers, N., Torrey, S., and Bastien, D. (2010). "Animal welfare: A matter of ethics, economy and taste.", AgriCulture, 2010(Spring), pp. 10-11.
  • Weschenfelder, A.V., Torrey, S., Devillers, N., Saucier, L., and Faucitano, L. (2010). "Effects of vehicle design on blood stress indicators and meat quality in pigs of three genotypes for two different travel distances.", ADSA-PSA-AMPA-CSAS-ASAS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, USA, July 11-15, 2010.

2009

  • Berthiaume, R.R., Faucitano, L., Mandell, I.B., Miller, S., and Lafrenière, C. (2009). "Impact of castration and weaning age on yearling carcass and meat quality.", Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), 92(E-Suppl. 1), pp. 393. (Abstract)
  • Correa, J.A., Gonyou, H.W., Bergeron, R., Torrey, S., Lewis, N., Crowe, T.G., Widowski, T.M., LaForest, J.-P., Dewey, C., and Faucitano, L. (2009). "The effect of animal location during transit on heart rate of pigs transported to slaughter using two vehicle types.", Journal of Animal Science, 87(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 218. (Abstract)
  • Correa, J.A., Gonyou, H.W., Torrey, S., Devillers, N., LaForest, J.-P., and Faucitano, L. (2009). "Effect of different moving devices at loading on heart rate and blood lactate in pigs.", 60th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), Fira de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, August 24-27, 2009, Book of abstracts N°15, pp. 254.
  • Faucitano, L., Correa, J.A., Torrey, S., Bergeron, R., Lewis, N., Tamminga, E., Widowski, T.M., LaForest, J.-P., Crowe, T.G., and Gonyou, H.W. (2009). Effects of handling procedures and transport vehicle design on the welfare and meat quality of pigs under Canadian conditions., Canada. (Report)
  • Hayne, S., Samarakone, T.S., Crowe, T.G., Torrey, S., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Lewis, N., Dewey, C., Faucitano, L., and Gonyou, H.W. (2009). "Variation in temperature among compartments of trucks transporting pigs during two seasons in two locations.", Journal of Animal Science, 87(E-Suppl. 3), pp. 5. (Abstract)
  • Hayne, S., Samarakone, T.S., Crowe, T.G., Torrey, S., Bergeron, R., Widowski, T.M., Lewis, N., Dewey, C., Faucitano, L., and Gonyou, H.W. (2009). "Variation in temperature within trucks transporting pigs during two seasons in two locations.", 38th Banff Pork Seminar: Bringing Back Profitability, Banff, AB, Canada, January 20-23, 2009, Advances in Pork Production, Volume 20, Abstract #18. (Abstract)
  • Torrey, S., Hayne, S., Bergeron, R., Faucitano, L., Widowski, T.M., Lewis, N., Crowe, T.G., Dewey, C., and Gonyou, H.W. (2009). "Influence of season and location within truck on the behaviour of market weight pigs transported 8 hours to slaughter.", 9th International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) North-American Regional Meeting, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 17-18, 2009, pp. 41.
  • Torrey, S., Hayne, S., Bergeron, R., Faucitano, L., Widowski, T.M., Lewis, N., Crowe, T.G., Dewey, C., and Gonyou, H.W. (2009). "Influence of season on the behaviour of market weight pigs transported 2 hours to slaughter.", Journal of Animal Science, 87(E-Suppl. 2), pp. 732. (Abstract)
  • Weschenfelder, A.V. and Faucitano, L. (2009). "Transport et bien-être animal.", published in BioTrends, Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB), QC, Canada.