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Title: Variation in sow health affects the information provided by lactation feed intake data
Contributor(s): Bunter, Kim L (author); Lewis, Craig (author); Luxford, B G (author)
Publication Date: 2009
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5256
Abstract: Using data from two maternal lines of pigs (N~2200), medication events were used as proxy indicators of sow health, to examine changes in associations between lactation feed intake and other traits that occur with changes to sow health status. Estimates of heritability for total born, average piglet birth weight, litter gain until day 10 (LG10), average sow feed intake during lactation (LFI), total sow feed intake during the first three days of lactation, lactation length and the underlying liability for a shortened lactation (SL) or surviving to farrow in parity 2 (FP2) were 0.14±0.01, 0.33±0.03, 0.09±0.04, 0.18±0.04, 0.06±0.04, 0.06±0.03, 0.15±0.09 and 0.06±0.07. Genetic (ra) and phenotypic (rp) correlations indicate that high lactation feed intake was favourably associated with SL and FP2 (ra: -0.78±0.19 and 0.42±0.41; rp: -0.49±0.01 and 0.31±0.01). Compared to estimates obtained using only subsets of data from sows that met lactation length targets or unmedicated sows, heritabilities for LFI were higher in the medicated data set and phenotypic correlations with LG10, SL or FP2 were of increasingly larger magnitude across these data subsets. Sow health status affects the information content of lactation feed intake data, but larger studies will be required to confirm if significant changes also occur in genetic parameters because of health status. Knowledge of health status could be important for other studies which examine associations between feed intake, recorded in any physiological state, and other production traits.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 18th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 27th September - 2nd October, 2009
Conference Details: 18th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Barossa Valley, South Australia, 27th September - 2nd October, 2009
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics: Matching Genetics and Environment - a New Look at an Old Topic, p. 504-507
Publisher: AAABG: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Place of Publication: Taringa, Australia
ISSN: 1328-3227
Field of Research (FOR): 070201 Animal Breeding
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.aaabg.org/proceedings18/files/bunter504.pdf
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