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Title: What factors recorded before farrowing affect sow's ability to wean piglets?
Contributor(s): Vargovic, L  (author)orcid ; Bunter, K L  (author)orcid ; Hermesch, Susanne  (author)orcid ; Morrison, R S (author); Johnston, R (author)
Publication Date: 2019-11
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Abstract: Application Identifying predictors that indicate the ability of a sow to wean more piglets might offer opportunities for improved sow management.
Introduction The number of weaned piglets has a high impact on profitability per sow and also reflects animal welfare. The most critical period for piglets is within first 72 h after birth, where common reasons for pre-weaning mortality are crushing and starvation. Over the last twenty years, there has been a linear increase in the number of live born piglets, while trends for pre-weaning mortality fluctuate (Baxter and Edwards, 2018). This study tested the hypothesis that close observation of sows upon transfer to the farrowing shed for possible health indicators might identify factors which have an impact on the number of piglets weaned by individual sows.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: APSA 2019: 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association, Adelaide, Australia, 17th - 20th November, 2019
Source of Publication: Advances in Animal Biosciences, 10(s1), p. s14-s14
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2040-4719
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070201 Animal Breeding
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300305 Animal reproduction and breeding
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830308 Pigs
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 100410 Pigs
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: Manipulating Pig Production
Series Number : 17
Appears in Collections:Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)
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