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Factors affecting the reproductive efficiency of pigs

Code: 9781838795047
Glen W. Almond and Emily Mahan-Riggs, North Carolina State University, USA

Chapter synopsis: Solving problems associated with reproductive failure in sow herds can be a challenge. It is critical to meet breeding targets on a routine basis, and to achieve the appropriate farrowing rates and litter sizes. Reproductive failure interferes with the consistent production of pigs, which ultimately results in the suboptimal number of pigs for market. This chapter will highlight some of the factors affecting reproductive efficiency, including gilt development, litter size, control of the weaning to oestrus interval and seasonal infertility. Attention is given to various management strategies which help producers to continue to be profitable.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0013.04
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Gilt development, reproductive efficiency and litter size 3 Weaning to oestrus interval 4 Managing reproductive functions and fertilization 5 The impact of dry sow housing systems 6 Seasonal infertility in sow 7 Stockmanship and managing disease 8 Conclusions 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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