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Control of Pig Reproduction IX

Control of Pig Reproduction IX

Managing for Litter Survival

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Management to improve neonate piglet survival

Oliviero Claudio

In the recent years the use of hyper-prolific sows has increased and litters with more than 14-16 born alive piglets are not uncommon. However, piglets’ mortality after birth before weaning can range between 11 to 24 % in several countries. Recent findings show that, without human assistance of piglets (cross fostering, movement to a nurse sow, split- or suckling assistance), sows with an average litter size of 13.5±0.8 piglets managed to wean 10.6±0.6 pi...

bp0019cpr22 | Managing for Litter Survival | CPR2013

Prenatal stress in pigs: impact on growth, behaviour, neuroendocrine and immune functions in the offspring

Otten W. , Kanitz E. , Tuchscherer M.

Studies in different animal models and humans give evidence that stress experienced by pregnant mothers affects foetal development and has long-term consequences on many physiological systems and behaviour in the offspring, thus facilitating the risk for disorders later in life. In farm animals, housing conditions or inadequate management practices during gestation may be potential stressors for the mother, which could affect growth, vitality, health and welfare of the d...