backfat

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backfat

a segment of the well-developed panniculus adiposus along the back of the pig; at this location the fat is especially well-formed and firm. The thickness of the layer is used as an index of the fatness of the entire carcass.

backfat probe
a sharp instrument used to measure backfat thickness without incising the carcass. Electronic probes are available for use in the live pig.